One of my creeds is to honor the work of others. Just as she honors Freire’s, I honor hers. I don’t believe in absolute one-for-one reciprocation, but pretty close. I try as best I can to honor what others are trying to do. Especially if it inspires me. If I feel something, I am duty-bound to let them know.
I responded to her words by annotating. You can go there and do the same. Infinite play, play for its own sake, has always seemed like a good way to do justice to the work of others. I made some image quotes, some visual poetry, some gifs with sounds, and I shared some links. I hope I didn’t go overboard, but it felt right, especially Laura’s quote from Stravinsky.
This reminded me of Steven Pressfield’s idea of Resistance . Where Stravinsky regards this force as a prerequisite to action, Pressfield personalizes it into a seemingly malevolent force of self-loathing.
Resistance in both cases is a force, often a shadow force as Jung would have it. I have always loved Pressfield’s personification of Resistance. I see it in the character of Gollum in Tolkien’s Ring trilogy as well as in Fight Club with theTyler Durden/Unreliable Narrator. I see it in the Joker/Dark Knight and in any manifestation of the Loki the Trickster. It seems to be a recurring motif in many cultures. I trust its universality. I trust Pressfield.
The good news is that because self-loathing is only an avatar of Resistance it’s very presence also indicates that there is also a valid Dream present. The Dream is the substance and Resistance is it’s shadow.
There is a catch. Awareness of Resistance does not banish it. Awareness that self-loathing is ‘self-sabotage’ doesn’t magically make it disappear. Our fate is to fight every day to overcome.
So the next time you hear that self-loathing voice in your head, remember two things: One, that voice is not you. It’s not your thoughts. It’s Resistance. And two, it’s a good sign because it tells you there is a powerful, original Dream close by. The answer? Identify that dream and act to bring it into realization.