Psychology and Other Fictions

Psychology and Other Fictions

I have just finished reading an article on Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel, The Satanic Verses as a post-modern commentary on the demonization of individuals and societies within the contect of economic migration. It is about personal and societal identity, efforts to maintain religious and societal orthodoxy and efforts to promote religious and societal heterodoxy.

Orlando. It sounds as if the shooter, may his name be forgotten, was conflicted regarding his sexuality and using a radicalized version of Islam to demonize the gay community.  It reminds me of Jung’s thoughts on the “shadow,” that so-hard-to-recognize aspect of oneself that flies in the face of the image we wish to project to ourselves and the world.

Interestingly, few are talking about the elephant in the room, the easy accessability to semi-automatic assault rifles. Paraphrasing what President Obama said in response to the massacre, “Is this the kind of society that we want to be?”

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