Occupy Psyche: Jungian and Archetypal Perspectives on a Movement

By Mary Watkins, Jordan Shapiro

A contribution to the growing to be cannon of literature at the Occupy flow, this choice of essays engages Jungian, archetypal, and intensity mental methods of realizing how Occupy resides within the collective mind's eye, or, how psyche is occupying collectives during the flow. the strain among the ninety nine% and the 1% is amplified by way of a few authors via photographs of the Villain and the Hero, Positive/Negative Father advanced, the body-head cut up, and notions of ensouled motion as opposed to levels of soulessness. different authors indwell the among areas with storytelling, embodied imagining into the fractured cranium of Scott Olsen, and questions of ways to situate circulation and its edges. operating alchemical stones of wish, this e-book is a dynamic dialog into the subconscious complexes of Occupy that recalls to solid a serious eye at the strength failings of its personal epistemological buildings.

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Maybe this explains the story’s recognition: it resonates with a Judeo-Christian morality that eschews avarice. The legend of King Midas provides a well-known stance opposed to looking fabric wealth. we have now biblical tales that draw from an analogous archetype. examine the slave-driving Pharaoh that refused to heed the warnings of Moses the liberator. think about the faulty motivations of the industrial retailers that Jesus cleansed from his father’s condominium. possibly, Ramses had plans for extra pyramids. most likely, the salesmen within the temple could fortunately make the most divine prophecy to make one other greenback. those biblical situations let us know that greed is a sin. King Midas’ story, likewise, may be understood as a caution opposed to rapacity. Don’t hoard! Or, be cautious lest the force to benefit will get out of hand. those tales are archetypal premonitions of approaching temptation. They warning us, within the phrases of the conversing Heads’ David Byrne, “Watch out! it's possible you'll get what you’re after. ” Are you, pricey reader, like King Midas? it really is most probably. even supposing our daily rhetoric renounces greed, our daily activities element towards our wish to personal the golden contact. finally, no matter what your vocation, a string of good fortune is fascinating. In finance, we communicate of traders who appear to do no incorrect: Warren Buffet is one instance. In know-how, we communicate of innovators whose chains of doubtless endless triumphs are visionary: Steve Jobs is one instance. either one of those males are acknowledged to have “the golden contact. ” And this moniker isn't really reserved for businessmen. seek Google, the golden contact describes: Oaxacan artist Enrique Flores for his philanthropic efforts; Barack Obama for his ability at political campaigning; activist Carrie Clifford for her paintings as a neighborhood organizer in aid of women’s rights. The record is going on. it's a checklist that praises unlimited accomplishment. it's a checklist that lauds development and prosperity. success is the boon of civilization. Irrigated agriculture, the printing press, electrical energy, and desktops are only a couple of examples of humanity’s golden contact within the region of technological prowess. those are enterprising concepts that resulted in innovative freedoms. And so, we price development. We price pushing barriers. And we price transformational extra. yet don’t leap to conclusions. this isn't an essay in regards to the hazards of overabundance. this isn't an admonition opposed to indulgence. it might be a ways too banal to determine the Occupy stream from a well-known one-sided viewpoint that chides the higher sessions for the lavish augmentation of the "income hole. ” there's little intensity of recent knowing which may come from masking meek-shall-inherit-the-earth mythology atop present occasions. there's little to be gleaned if we consistently relive Exodus’ plot during which Hebrew slaves stand up opposed to the Egyptian 1%. as an alternative, this can be an essay approximately paradox and contradiction. Ours is a tradition within which tales of frugality and humility sit down beside a doctrine of surplus, extra, margin, and yields. yet paradox is not anything new.

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