The Art of WW III: Unifying Archetypes of Apocalypse
by John Jay Harper
MINIMUM WORKING HYPOTHESIS
Posted: 01:25 August 22, 2008
That it is possible for human beings to love, know, and from virtually to become actually identical with the Divine Ground. That to achieve this unitive knowledge of the Godhead is the final end and purpose of human existence.
Aldous Huxley, Vedanta for the Western World
Albert Einstein reacted with alarm to the use of the Atom Bomb in 1945 on Japan and said as much publicly later: "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
In my feeble attempt to see that WW III does not rear its ugly mushroom cloud head again, I offer you the following insights that I have gained over a lifetime of decoding the symbolic art and science to archetypes of apocalypse.
But, first, it should be clarified that the word "apocalypse" simply means to uncover or unveil. So the operative thesis is what is in fact seeking to breakthrough into our individual consciousness from the collective unconscious mind?
I propose that it is as Jungian analyst Edward F. Edinger, Ph.D., said it was in Archetype of the Apocalypse: Divine Vengeance, Terrorism, and the End of the World: "… it is the coming of the Self into collective awareness, the 'incarnation of the God-image' with all its paradoxical ambiguity, a God who unites within himself both good and evil."
Indeed, that has been my life's goal: how do I reconcile within myself all the demonic evil that I see in our world with the divine goodness that I know is in it too?
Specifically, I worked for over two decades in the U.S. Department of Defense as an electronics and computer specialist at some of our finest national weapons systems laboratories from 1968-1992.
Yet all the while I suffered immensely from anxiety and panic disorder in what would be clearly diagnosed by a competent clinical psychologist as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The primary presenting symptoms of BPD an astute layman would classify as an "emotional burn victim."
That is, I was a high-functioning professional even though at times I'd decompensate under stress and show signs of ego erosion-a false sense of self-importance: anger, arrogance, even emotional collapse. So the point is I grasp the symbolism to the effects of working in weapons factories, and being "burned" by nuclear radiation fallout. Although I wonder how many of our world leaders can psychoanalyze themselves and apply these insights to their angry outbursts, temper tantrums, and egocentric behavior before they lash out at other nations militarily? If not, I propose WW III is inevitable now-unless we rise-up as a people and peacefully demilitarize this planet soon.
Indeed, during my off-duty hours I was studying the psychology of man at community colleges and major universities depending upon my location from the high-desert of the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California to the former plantation cotton fields but now headquarters to Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
I also had the opportunity to crawl through the phallic-shaped missile silos in North Dakota and the sewer-pipe shaped nuclear submarines berthed in the lush forest harbors of the Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, Washington.
However, when all is said and done, I was seeking to explain to my satisfaction why I suffered and why we hate each other so much that we'd want to vaporize our genetic mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters with nuclear force of gods?
I did not know then but I do know now.
That is because during this soul-searching expedition, I came into contact with the most enlightened people of our era that as journalist Bill Moyers put it in the case of Joe Campbell, "He was one of the most spiritual men I ever met in my life, but he didn't have a religious bone in his body." That pretty much explains my own orientation to organized religion: it is a marvelous social society for comforting the broken-hearted, feeding the hungry, and burying the dead with dignity, but it falls short of the mark and critical-thinking people know it.
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