Sunday, December 14, 2008
American Obsession with Vampire Culture: Questioning the Limits of the Daily Self
Gender politics, the secularization of our culture, and popular theories of biology and quantum physics all work to increase pressure to extend the boundaries of the daily self: either by expansion which encourages, or repression and severe limitation which cries out to be redressed.
In art and cinema the return of the repressed is beocme a daily occurence. That is a fine thing, so long as it does not become an excuse to encourage a fractured existence, in which contents of the human psyche which ought to be evolving - and thus inherited, incorporated, and surpassed; in a word, redeemed - beome forms of dark entertainment, and in daily life exist in a sort of ghostly twilight, to serve as a battery for the twisted ego of the bureacratic folly ( say, of hyperfeminism???). . . This was Jung's message regarding confronting our shadow: Not to view it as entertainment nor escape, but as a stranger: And therefore, as a stranger, give it welcome, in the words of young Hamlet. . .