So, I'm thinking ahead a little to this fall's curriculum. (My hope is that this "back to basics" thread makes a number of really good 42 Minutes shows. Get an early start if you like!
(looks like the theme is The Head and The Heart!)
An Image I find very helpful is to liken the ego to a fishing boat. Such a boat can take on only a certain amount of fish, no more than it can hold. The load must be commensurate with its size. What if you're fishing in a small row boat and catch a whale? If you pull it in, you'll go under. This is an apt image because the problem of the opposites is indeed a whale: grapping with the opposites leads directly to an encounter with the Self.There's a beautiful account of this image in Melville's Moby Dick. The whole book is an expression of it, but at one point in the book Melville discusses the fact that the whale has eyes on opposite sides of its head and thus get two completely different images of the nature of reality simultaneously, two opposite images. Melville comments on what a grand mysterious entity it must be that is able to unite the opposites, illustrating specifically how the whale, Moby Dick, is indeed a symbol of Self.Now I grant you, only a few people are meant to go whale hunting. But, if you are one of those so destined, it is more dangerous to evade your task than it is to face it--because the whale will get you from behind.
All right, how does one go about whale hunting? Where are the opposites to be found?~The Mystery of The Coniunctio E. Edinger