A Thinker's Guide To…
The Apocalypse: The Enemy
“She did not want to talk. Yet she felt there were thousands of works choking her
throat, and perhaps only distance, thousands of miles could straighten them out.
Perhaps, it was freedom itself that choked her.”
–The Price of Salt, Patricia Highsmith
We are meaning making creatures. We want to know what the future holds while also craving to decode the past. You've heard me talk a great deal about the Bible. This, and other sacred literature, offers a key not only to the past, but to the future.
Today we're talking specifically of Babylon. Babylon offered a key to make sense of what had been done to me, but also what I did and do to others. It's very likely that you may not know the story of Babylon, and if this is indeed the case, I'm sharing the cliff notes version in this episode.
Who was Babylon? And why does she matter so much? I think she matters because she is the enemy. She's the one who holds our projections just as much as the hero does. But whereas the hero takes in our projections and transforms them, the enemy rejects them and casts them back at us.
If we are going to understand what we hate so much about our enemies, we also have to understand why other's love them. That's a complicated thing to do.
So, who is your enemy? What do you project onto them?
The Price of Salt, Patricia Highsmith
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A Thinker’s Guide To… is a podcast for thoughtful, curious observers, who have been collecting systems of meaning for years in a never-ending quest to understand what goes on in your inner world. You feel compelled to not only see what’s in your heart, but to savor the depth and complexity of your life.
I get it. Like you, I’m an endlessly curious soul who delights in thinking about things in unusual ways and asking questions that get under your skin. This is a space for us to discover the profound in the profane.
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