Ok just have to say, if I’m ever going to get burned at the stake this is probably my best shot at it….
A thought occurred to me the other day as I read this;
And remembering that Cindy shared this the other day in the Colorado Tragedy thread when the conversation was on Sandyhook;The Anima is the female soul image of a man, the Animus the male soul image of a woman. That is the most simple definition, and one which many struggle with, since Jung seems quite absolute in defining a person's soul image as gender opposite.
The trickster is a collective shadow figure, a summation of all the inferior traits of character in individuals...[The trickster motif has] a therapeutic effect. It holds the earlier low intellectual and moral level before the eyes of the more highly developed individual, so that he shall not forget how things looked yesterday...If at the end of the trickster myth the savior is hinted at, this comforting premonition or hope means that some calamity or other has happened and been consciously understood... --Jung
And along this line, too, i.e., when looking at an archetype, remember the importance of the concepts of opposites and enantiodromia when considering context and motif, in this case (trickster/savior, chaos/cosmos) a reason for hope...I hope. – Cindy
Now if you are so inclined and have time review Pinker’s thoughts here;
Sort of points to a picture, for me anyway, of a mutual arising that seems an obvious progression forward which one has to seriously wonder how many parts of, be it money, standard of living, technology, society, or even masculine based myth (religion) one might do away with and still not upset the apple cart.
My thoughts are toward the masculine based mythology and I have been somewhat critical in the past as to where that has taken us, and so that’s where I will wander.
Seems that for some 30,000+ years humans had Goddess myth which given Jung’s view might have actually had an underlying effect of connecting one to a masculine or Animus soul image. One can easily see masculine traits and function as survivalist, and Pinker’s findings support that view of life back then in a rudimentary way.
And then perhaps humanity reached a point where survival in nature had been accomplished, and these traits are then to the detriment of survival. The God mythologies were born, carried and spread by these conquerors now of man. And ultimately, now to put humanity (at least in the western culture) in touch with an Anima soul image?
Given humanities progress, at least as viewed through Pinker’s eyes, one has to wonder, no?
This whole picture perhaps rightfully seen as the collective individuation of humanity?
you make the world smile ....... the trick is to learn to let the world make you smile