It is SO STORMY here, with howling wind and rain. Cold, too. It’s a great day to read by candlelight – you’ll need it! – but I feel led to come and write. Let’s see where we go!
Today is April 15, 2022 – tax day in the States, I think (is it still the 15th? I haven’t lived in the US for two decades, yet the date still strikes terror. LOL).
It’s also Good Friday, for those who observe… and I suppose, those who don’t too since we’re told that Jesus died for everyone. What is it, exactly? The Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church. It is traditionally a day of fasting and penance. (Thanks, Google!) In Ontario, Canada, it is a holiday – as in, we actually have the day off. Not Easter, but Good Friday. **That’s** how important a day it is! I kinda like the day when Jesus rises better… but to each his own, I guess. I do – however – know (only too well) how important this time of year is to Christians. So to you, Happy Easter and everything it means to you!
It’s also been 110 years (to the day, not the hour, which was hours ago at 2:20am) since the Titanic sank and took 1,500+ souls with her. Henrietta Mann, who discovered bacteria that are eating away at her two miles under the Atlantic Ocean, has estimated that the Titanic will completely collapse by 2030. (Link). I find this absolutely heartbreaking and at the same time, inevitable. I do not have the words to convey how important this ship has been in my life over the years. If reincarnation is real, I was on that ship! Probably in third class, since that’s where I resonate most. I’ve mentioned before that James Cameron wrote the screenplay before I could – or more honestly: would – since I’ve been incredibly lazy with my writing up until now. He and I were cut out of the same cloth, Titanic-ly speaking. I loved this ship since the moment I saw her in the picture book on my grandparents’ coffee table when I was a little girl.
Taxes, Jesus, and Titanic… what could they possibly have in common, besides the date?
I have one word…
Oh, and two more…
Conscious and Unconscious.
Getting deep today.
Deep, Titanic. Ah, a pun! But I digress.
Money is all about ego. So much of religion is, too. And Titanic, I have long-said that it was ego – the ego of men, in particular – that brought her down.
Here are a few thoughts from around the web:
Money – “What part of the financial world has the most potential to derail a person’s personal finances? Is it political or economical? No . . . I believe that the greatest threat to a person’s financial happiness and well-being is the threat of Ego”. (Link)
Faith – “In addition, the ego ensures that you see your faith as absolute, exclusive truth. Faith is a set of thoughts. Belief as absolute truth does not make you spiritual, but the ego confuses its own opinion with the truth. The human mind confuses its own opinions, views and beliefs for the truth.” (Link)
Titanic – “Is it true that you, yourself, are the most experienced, the most qualified, and the greatest motivational force in your organization to drive it forward? You may well be. But once a parasite of egotism takes hold, you might as well abandon ship.” (Link)
What do you think about that? Darned ego, getting into *everything*!
I want to tell you that when I first sat down to write, it was about “Making Do”. I had a title, the gist, and the featured photo, as shown.
I planned to talk about the pillow – yeah, that one on the chair in my reading room/ library/ office.
It’s actually a meditation pillow, you see, and if I were to actually sit on it (on the floor, as intended) I would never get up. I would *try* but… uh… yeah. It would be difficult, if not impossible.
My point would have been that when you have something beautiful like this pillow and you can’t use it as you meant to – in this case, to meditate – you don’t just toss it away. You repurpose it… or make do.
But a funny thing happened on the way to my blog. Actually, within the first lines…
I realized it was April 15. I kinda wrote “stream of consciousness” style…
This is where we ended up.
The ego is an infiltrator and an all-around interesting bugger.
“According to Jung, the ego represents the conscious mind as it comprises the thoughts, memories, and emotions a person is aware of. The ego is largely responsible for feelings of identity and continuity. Like Freud, Jung (1921, 1933) emphasized the importance of the unconscious in relation to personality.” (Link – Carl Jung/ Simple Psychology)
Ah, there’s that word: UNCONSCIOUS.
All this stuff going on below the surface. This is the stuff of dreamwork, trauma, bias, repression, regression and SO MUCH MORE.
I could, at this point, turn this into a dissertation. Had I taken my psychology education further, I most certainly would have tied Titanic and Ego into a paper to beat all papers.
But this is not school and I am not an educator. I am, simply, a blogger who has a knack for pulling threads together. Today, that thread is ego. Tomorrow, it might be macaroni and cheese. What do I know?
Turns out, quite a lot. Same with you!
Our egos get us in more trouble, don’t they? And a lack? That’ll take you into a world of hurt.
This is where we went today… on a short path visiting ego. If it spurs you to take a deeper look… yay! If not, feel free to mosey along.
Some days are just like this…
I kinda like it.
Hope you do, too!