Posted by: glue | June 1, 2010

The Child Is Father


I chose this memory for my primal scene because of its unique episodic memory location inside my psyche and its association with my disaster. The moment that I realized that human beings were not individualistic, but social creatures mimics the exploration of the cultural behavior that creates pandemics. Relating it to the Biel, it is the moment that I realized personality exceeded character evaluation in contemporary society, a standard that seems to have only grown since its cultural discourse of the Titanic period.  The moment in question also has the advantage of being around the same time as my disaster of choice: the e.coli outbreak at White Water amusement park, an incident painted momentarily as a disaster in the same city that I lived. The synchronicity of realization attached to this cultural event marks it, at least for me personally, as a strong social moment when (particularly food) epidemics seem to be raised to the forefront of attention. It seems as though my consultation tracking the social behavior and group/cultural values is stemmed and rooted from this primal moment. I wanted to see if people had input as to whether the moment is too egocentric, or perhaps too personal to be relevant to my blogging of public heath behavior. Any input would be helpful as I want to have my initial primal moment secured before I begin my experiment on the disaster in full. (W.W.)

A classic “wound” in the Jungian sense, a universal experience, at least in Western societies in which identity is constructed according to “selfhood.”  The possibilities for a strong figure are ripe.

The phenomenon of synchronicity (also Jungian) adds a dimension to your figure.  Artists often use “clustering” as a way to notice pattern (Joseph Cornell for example).  It is the primary means of category construction in Asian (Chinese) metaphysics:  it is the principle of a-causal connectivity.

There is no such thing as too egocentric.  The primal scene has to be egocentric in principle, and we are talking about children, our child self, which is the infans to which Blanchot alludes, the one that  we have to “kill,” that is, abandon (the Eden of self-centrism).  Part of the importance of this experiment is that our discipline is one of the few (other than psychoanalysis) that might consider the extraordinary importance for adult life (choices and behaviors in every realm of endeavor) the fact that all people begin as children.  One of the most important factors in creative thinking is the ability to  access one’s childhood experience.  In any case, the key to the success of the experiment is that you recognize the primal scene as such (that it be authentic).  The philosophical principle is “care” (Heidegger’s Sorge).  To the extent that modern alienation detaches people from their own affective intelligence, they are sociopaths.

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