“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” ― William Faulkner I remember a time when the embers of resentment still burned from battles fought in the Second World War. When I was a kid most of the dads on my block had fought in World War II and feelings about the war still ran high. Indeed, many of the men were scarred by … Continue reading Transforming Our Enemies
Once reality gets degraded, it’s really hard to get it back.” ~ Keith Darden Bamboozles are the ways we get comfortable with lies. They comfort us, conform to our prejudices and allow us to pretend we’re bigger, better, and prettier than we are. The writer Upton Sinclair described how some get bamboozled: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends … Continue reading The Great Bamboozle
“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their children than the unlived life of the parent.” — Carl Jung “I remember so well the agony of being torn between my love and joy for my child, and my desperation to hang onto a sense of my self. There is something very seductive about being the mom of an infant. All those maternal hormones kick in, and … Continue reading The Unlived Lives of Parents
“Interdependence is a fact, not an option.” ~ Peter Coyote For the longest time I took comfort in being my own boss. I loved my independence; I thought I was stronger, smarter, more effective when I worked alone. When I worked with others it meant having to make compromises. History, however, proved me wrong. I wasn’t, in fact, stronger, smarter or more effective alone. Quite … Continue reading Give Me Ethics Like Geese
Carl Jung tells in one of his books of a conversation he had with a Native American chief who pointed out to him that in his perception most white people have “tense faces, staring eyes, and a cruel demeanor.” He said, “They are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something. They are always uneasy and restless. We don’t know what … Continue reading What Do You Want?