How would you describe the witch trials to a teenage foreign exchange student?
I'm doing a lot of reading and research into the Cultural Shadow, and I'm not the only one seeing this connection. I've mentioned before that we've inherited a lot of old, unexamined beliefs from the Puritans. I didn't realize, until I started digging into it, just how deep our inheritance went. Puri-- Wha? History lesson time … Continue reading A Puritanical Legacy
In the Puritan mind, sex was: 1 For the conception of sons 2 Conceived within the marriage 3 SPECIFICALLY for the purpose of orderly inheritance proceedings
I'm skipping ahead in the timeline to the roughly 4,000 racial terror lynchings of black people that occurred all over the US between 1877 and 1950. Most of these happened in the American South, but not all. Lynchings are still very much in our cultural shadow. And it's something that most people squirm away from and … Continue reading Lynchings- A Step Forward
I'm putting out an official request right now for people to send me links that say what they need to say. That they feel like other people need to read. I don't want you to guest blog for me, I want to be able to reblog you. I want to be able to boost your … Continue reading Send Me Your Links, Please
When you do shadow work with your therapist, often you delve back into your earliest memories and the structure of your family. So, if we're doing the USA's Cultural Shadow work, then the obvious place to start is with the people who lived on this continent to begin with. Hint: They weren't European. I'm going to … Continue reading Colonists Slaughtered Native Americans
In my earlier post about unpacking privilege, I rattled off a list of the "default" settings for American culture without a lot of context or detail. Before I get started, here is a friendly reminder: We aren't being asked to feel bad about our privileges, simply to acknowledge the experiences of others with empathy. Today, I … Continue reading America’s Default Cultural Settings
For the cultural shadow, this is the method I've decided to use: Look at the unacknowledged history of the United States and follow that line into the present. How do we as a nation project our own history onto other countries? How do we show surprise when that aspect of our history comes back as "fate"?
Those in power will do anything they must in order to stay in power. From the cheap seats, it looks like the white male capitalist hegemony is losing power, and is resorting to the toolbox of doing anything to keep it.
My body has decided it has had enough stress. My brain is a swirling soup of images and ideas, but nothing is ready yet to share. I'm tired. I'm hurting. I'm afraid. I'm angry. I'm not giving up.