A Hole in the Rock – One world, many realities – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis
July 25th, 2020
It is curious how often the medieval symbolists give diametrically opposed interpretations of the same symbol, apparently without becoming aware of the far-reaching and dangerous possibility that the unity of the symbol implies the identity of the opposites. (Jung & Hull, 1959/1968, p. 129 para 196)
This piece of limestone offers contradictory characteristics. It is rock solid, and it has a hole in the middle created by water erosion. It is rock solid, and the roots of the plants are embedded into it as they grow. It is not alive and contains fossils of life lived long ago. It is a wall that disrupts the view, and a frame for what is behind it. It is in contrast and in harmony with its environment.
The challenge of our times with Covid-19 and the racial injustice protests is their interpretations hold the tension of opposites. The rules of engagement are followed and challenged. The dynamics protect and deconstruct. The value of each is open to interpretation of distinction and inclusion. The leadership wavers depending on where you live and is often drawn along political party lines. The position often depends on whether there is belief in the value of science. Our current events are contradictory and complex. They demand consideration, dialogue, and negotiation.
I know I like things to be simple; a rock is a rock, no wavering. The image gives the complexity beauty and illustration of the importance of flexible thinking. So, my challenge is to hold the image of contemporary living and include the opposites so I can find resolution rather than destruction. It is up to me to provide guidance to the separation and inclusion dynamics living in our society today.
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