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Today’s Top Tweet – How widespread is cowardly stalking?

They send you Christmas cards that go straight to the recycle bin. You’re excessively polite with them because you don’t know what they’ll do if you upset their imbalanced minds. They’re loners who can’t make it with people. But they can hack into your social media, email, whatever.

They’re a different kind of stalker. Disturbed cowards that don’t do anything in public for all to see. But behind the scenes, they’re watching your every electronic move… literally addicted to you in the worst possible way.

Selfish and self-centered, they never stop to think that maybe you’re onto them. And that it is disturbing to be spied on… not to mention illegal.

They don’t get the psychiatric help they need. They have no problem… As long as they can lurk in the shadows and live out their empty existence by looking at others from the outside. Always from the outside…

Paranoid dystopian future or realistic portrayal of what can happen right now?

Until legally busted, like in this tweeted example, we cannot know. But sometimes my gut makes me wonder. As the old saying goes, truth is often stranger than fiction.

Russian Spy by Lisa Cyr via Flickr

Russian Spy by Lisa Cyr via Flickr

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Storefront Seer

Image via Tumblr

Image via Tumblr

I actually don’t mind the commercialization of Christmas… as long as we remember what it’s all about. Mind you, I think I’d rather just give everyone a candle instead of the usual assortment of stuff. And I’m not wild about all the concrete in my city. Sometimes my dystopian sci-fi side imagines the Earth grumbling and breaking it all up. I guess that’s what we call an Earthquake.

Anyhow, this was more an exercise in Adobe Photoshop Elements than any great political or religious statement. Saw this storefront display the other evening and had to take a pic.

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Today’s Top Tweet – Every nation has a shadow, says Quartz author

Quartz just posted a Jungian article about how every nation has a shadow (or shadows), a topic I talked about here.

The tweeted article probably uses the singular “shadow” in the header because this reads better and is more attention grabbing than the plural, “shadows.” This usage seems simplistic but if we read on, the plural form arises:

Just as individuals have shadows, so do societies and nations. And, according to Jung’s theory, it’s important to be aware of your shadow in order to manage it. “If you’re aware of it, you can have more control over it instead of it controlling you,” says Bennet. “The more things are being repressed, hidden and denied, [the more likely] they will emerge in other ways.”

Not to imply that I am a die-hard Jungian. Far from it.

The shadow is an archetype in Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious. But feminist scholars like Naomi Goldenberg have been questioning the Jungian idea of the archetype for decades.

Goldenberg says that ideas about an “Eternal Woman” can lead to and reinforce unfair sex role stereotypes. And I, myself, have questioned the idea of the archetype when New Age enthusiasts say that The Virgin Mary, Kali, Kwan Yin, and Isis (the goddess) are all the same.

Still, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that different nations respectively have something in common which comes out as national identity. On the other hand, with increased globalization we have to wonder if this is an idea subject to change.


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Remembrance Day, St. Michael’s Cathedral

In memory of all those who gave their lives, health and livelihoods to preserve the ideals of freedom. These are ideals which we should never take for granted. And I believe they could be easily lost if the struggle between good and evil went too far in the wrong direction. That’s why we have to use our gift of freedom to say what we mean and mean what we say. Otherwise, the truth could be swallowed up in a murky sea of political correctness and hypocrisy.


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Some ‘peace loving’ liberals get violent and attack private property

Sometimes I wonder if people who get so angry about things are just projecting their own unconscious shadow. Not  all, mind you. But when some liberal protesters take to random, unfocused acts of violence in protest of a supposedly potentially violent man, one has to wonder.

Maybe old Carl Jung, the guy I did my PhD thesis on, was on to something. Actually, no. It was Freud who first formulated the idea of projection. Jung followed and expanded it.


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The “Deplorables” Have Spoken

I’ll be honest. As the US election race proceeded I grew into a position of wanting Clinton to lose. I was so tired of hearing her politically correct talk and the double standard that went with that. Up in Canada, where I am, that’s a rare position. Last night the news said that something like 3% of us are Trump supporters.

I don’t know if I’d call myself a Trump “supporter.” It’s too early to see how his changes will affect my country and people. But I do feel that an Obama/Clinton legacy would have been like continuing in a bad relationship just because one fears the possibility of change. That leads to stagnation and inauthenticity.

The world is still turning this morning. Katy Perry doesn’t have to walk around naked anymore. Not that I mind that. And all the other entertainment celebs can go back to their mansions, not having to worry about paying their monthly bills.

They can look forward to their next world tour, which, incidentally, burns up oodles of jet fuel… carbon based jet fuel. Why, some of them can fly to Europe just to party in a European castle again. Who knows. They’ve done it before.

Sure, the business markets are down a bit. Our dollar is down a bit. But this is nothing like Brexit. Hopefully, this change can stimulate positive changes for everyone.

Congratulations to the winners. Oh and by the way, did you notice that Trump’s campaign manager was a woman?