I see Carl Jung as an important beginning to a conversation on symbol, self and the psyche that is still desperately needed. So long as we misunderstand the psyche, we misunderstand one another, and as long as we do that, atrocity is inevitable.
Along with being a
vocation that is incredibly harsh the moment you get past the point where it is "cool" to say you're an artist,
being an artist can actually be incredibly dangerous. But there is no danger that can or should put you off
Despite the exciting creative possibilities posed by new
media, the danger presented
by the presence of myth in modern media is paramount, and must be considered
outside the mythic framework of industry, which reduces the
material world to a matrix of profit and risk.
Myth is so entrenched in the nature of business
that it is often overlooked within the advertising rhetoric of capitalism, even
if the building of a mythology is the centerpiece of all effective branding. Myth may be encoded in any medium, but its defining characteristic is its
The actual lesson provided by hallucinogens seems relatively
simple: let go. Hey
look, the walls are bleeding. Let go. I'm fifty and my life is a wreck. Let go.
That hawk headed God has giant tits and it's starting to unnerve me. Let go. If
you hold on, it can become a demon, and if you let go, it becomes bliss.
A modern myth is a living myth, it cannot help but
borrow inspiration from historical sources — the lives and thoughts, myths and
images of those who have come before — but it is transformed, re-forged we
might say, in the heat of our personal experience, and may come out looking
quite different from any of those original sources.