Tuesday, September 21, 2010
My ideal society is of winged human beings'. They form groups that stay secluded from the rest of the world. They live in faraway places like mountains, deserts or islands in the middle of the ocean, where nobody could find them or see them...
The community shares their goods, so that nobody suffers or lacks anything.
Those that commit the sin of avarice are punished and they will be tied from hands and feet to heavy rocks, so that they could not longer fly.
The front door of what looked like an old bank, now a Gap store at 84th Street and 3 Avenue, is adorned with Greek Chimeras and, male and female Gods that symbolically represent: Commerce, Industry, Housing and Savings.
On the upper edge of the doors and windows on old brownstone buildings, I see human faces with animal characters.
Monday, September 6, 2010
The hero, therefore, is the man or woman who has been able to battle past his personal and local historical limitations to the generally valid, normally human form.
Joseph Campbell. The Hero With a Thousand Faces (Bollingen Series XVII, Princeton University Press, N. Y. 1968), pp. 19-20
It is impressive the way J. Campbell presents his ideas of the influences of symbols represented in past cultures or religions myths and the relationship this has towards dreams, science and psychology.
While the symbols in the culture or religion (cross, heart, black cat... etc.) are a collective thought, in the dreams symbols (fly, fall, transformation…etc.) are interpreted by an individual or a doctor. This are private experiences that cannot be fully reproduced, they cannot be shared or comunicated in the original form.
When dreams are interpreted, they are expressed with words and thinking. But then they are no longer dreams, now they are translations of dreams.
Man all look for ways of achieve this state of power, and we find habits in machines (computer, TV, video game…etc) or in a trance (meditation, yoga, drug, arte… etc.) to feel it. We all want to transcend ourselves to become the heroes.
Campbell attempts to integrate all of these through his knowledge of symbols, myths and dreams. He leaves the pattern for us to decipher new ways of interpret latest symbols.