Until last year I had read only the most famous of Plath’s poems like “Daddy”.Then I read many more and also many works of criticism and explanation.And then I realised she was one of the most gifted poets of her era. But alas, her maturity as a poet coincided with the breakdown of her marriage.And so her talents were used to express mainly rage and then meaninglessness and death.
Was it only the tragedy of her life situation that brought about her mature voice ? I believe not. And so I grieve that her wonderful works were full of rage and destructiveness…. what would she have written otherwise.I also believe that her motives in marrying Hughe were mixed…. and so were his to her.Marriage is entered into too lightly and without understanding.I almost feel arranged marriages were better sometimes
Now maybe it is wrong of me to say this but I know we all are acquainted with anger, envy,jealous and other painful emotions .But I believe to cultivate them is not moral. And to utilise them in Art is something dangerous and maybe destructive. And without specifying any religion or ethical system I believe acting ethically is more important than art, music,writing and so on…not that there is always a conflict.
I may appear to counsel perfection but I merely grieve for the loss of a genius and what she might have written if she had been given support and help when left alone with two tiny children in a foreign land.
If we have gifts let us use them for good and for the encouragement of our human companions on this planet and not for harm,destruction ,stealing wealth and creating evil
I am reading two books by C Fred Alford about Evil.He is a very good writer and scholar with a wonderful mind.He is also influenced greatly by Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion.
In fact I am really delighted because he talks quite a lot about thought and what makes us thoughtless and how thinking is related to emotions.And how breaking linkages in our minds is a defence which stops us from feeling painful emotion at the cost of deadness inside
This article is about Whistleblowers like Edward Snowden because it’s good and also I cannot find any articles about Alford’s life.
Here is a review of his new book but we can’t get it in the UK
It is about Emmanuel Levinas and the Frankfurt School.
One side of us is good and the other is bad
We are like old gramophone records
Sometimes we are playing the good side
Then late we play the reverse.
The brighter the appearance
The darker the shadow
so Jung decided
Which may explain
why he and Heidegger
did not see the truth about the Nazis.
Jung got a top job
because all the Jewish psychoanalysts had to flee Austria and Germany
And later France
Jung was unable
to use his own insights
I guess we are all a bit like that.
But we must keep trying…..
We need to accept the pain
Of knowing we have a shadow.
If not,we will do harm
for if we don’t know it
we cannot control it
- An Introduction to Jung’s Psychology (wordsofa20something.wordpress.com)
- Conduct Unbecoming a Philosopher (geopolicraticus.wordpress.com)
- Our Shadows Changed (mooremie.wordpress.com)
- Shadowed Regions Of The Soul (ianblackpoet.wordpress.com)
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/sep/26/hannah-arendt-reviewThe reason I am writing this is that at the end of this film,Arendt gives a seven minute monologue on,what is thinking?
She believed the people like Eichmann who carried out Hitler’s Final Solution were not psychotic monsters but were people unable to think.I feel unqualified to comment on that except to agree with her that true thinking is not easy and how can we learn to do it.It cannot be just a mental process but must involve the whole of a person.If we fear to think we will join a movement, a church or any other organisation which we will obey in order not to have to think.I believe many of us still do that.Thinling can be a lonely business as she said
[By the way,I am not Jewish]