They wrote about the same thing one hundred years apart -- one author female, the other male; one in fantasy, the other in science.
In The Princess and the Goblin (1872), George MacDonald creates a fantasy world filled with royalty, mines, and magic. He describes a young lady and her search for excitement. She practices with instinct and wisdom through interactions with a special thread and a dreamlike great-great-grandmother.
Irene Claremont de Castillejo shapes similar ideas with scientific language in Knowing Woman: A Feminine Psychology (C.G. Jung Foundation, 1973). She describes a thread, one that connects a human to his or her version of the truth. I don't agree with all of Claremont de Castillejo's ideas, and I like how she verbalizes herself. I found myself thinking, "Ohh yeahhh, that's an excellent way to phrase that thought." Her words about discernment, purpose, and interaction gave me pause.
To have a deep concern for anyone is to keep him in one's heart without the interference of wishing, or still worse willing, any particular goal or outcome for him; yet with faith in the purposefulness of life and the belief in the need for that individual to fulfill his own unknown destiny" Irene Claremont de Castillejo (p. 144).
Things took a challenging turn last week at work when I perceived an intimidation tactic at play. Bunny and Clove are back. I previously mentioned Bunny and Clove when I wrote about people at work who offered unsolicited advice for my communication habits. There's a new twist. They've corralled a partner, Cucumber, via conversation. They told him their version of events. Cucumber then made a decision to remove one of my project duties. After he made that decision, he talked with me. He said that he doesn't think that they would make up stories. I told him that I don't believe their words. He said he would verify details. Cucumber acted on words without first evaluating their veracity.
Clove later emailed me and requested a meeting to discuss my role in the project. He didn't mention his discussion with Cucumber. I decided to respond to Clove and copy three other people on the message, including my boss and Cucumber. I spelled out my version of events and kept it factual. Among other things, I outlined how Clove met with Cucumber and now I am not assigned to a particular project duty. I mentioned that I don't know what his intention is for the meeting he requested, and I requested proof of his assertion that others complained to him about my interactions. The alleged complaints are the intimidation part from Bunny and Clove. I previously disagreed with Bunny in emails. She apparently perceived my direct words about her actions as "abrasive," and then she and Clove met with Cucumber. Suddenly, there's an allegation that other people in the group complained about my interactions. Quelle surprise.
Meaning is assured... may the poetry in our darkness be made whole, normative..." Neil Blumofe, Rabbi (Liner Notes story intertwined with Charles Mingus, June 7, 2015)
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