Posted by jeanne
7 tests for the boy
7 tests for the girl
i’ve got the tests for the boy all laid out. he’s not a bad guy, just a little conservative (fear-based, favoring status quo, punishing and rigid), and he keeps going for the short-term goals and forgetting the non-violent principles. so he has to go thru a whole lot of testing.
the girl remains steadfast to the principles of quantum thought (peace and love) but can’t delegate and suffers great stress and martyrness.
it’s the tests to her development i’m having trouble with.
jim suggested i might want to model the girl on st francis of assisi, who started out military but was captued and spent time in an arab prison where he was exposed to sufi thought. and when he came back he talked the pope into letting him start up a new kind of church that was against all the wealth and power of the established roman state church. more like jesus’s real teachings than the perversion the established church became.
that’s got a nice story arc to it.
so where’s her dark night of the soul? she has no trouble choosing power-with and rejecting power-over, even tho the choice is constantly presented to her. her temptations are to think better of herself, the typical angry liberal reaction. of course, this doesn’t make her any more likable as a character…
as for the boy, he’s basically tempted again and again by the same choice – and chooses power-over rather than power-with every time, even tho he reawakens in the wilderness. in each case he feels he has no choice. in each case it’s snake who tempts him.
isles – gardener; i’d rather be a tinkerer, it’s mechanical and you can depend on harnessed power (over)
mountains – come away and be a pirate
lowlands – pope to constantine: convert and win
wilderness – devil appearing to christ; dark night of soul. buddhic enlightenment
hinterlands – state church persecuting boy for heresy
hell – pope making deal – clemency if he fights to stamp out rebels
gambutsevs – snake spins what ex-kurt says to players
perhaps what i’m looking for should be narrowed down to the iconic, or archetypcal.
a long time ago i realized there are two kinds of people – those who think people are basically bad, and those who think people are basically good.
later, i realized that those who think people are basically bad are also people who live in fear. this produces all sorts of intolerant behavior (xenophobia etc), rigidity of thinking and expression, neatness, resistance to change, the whole unpleasant 9 yards.
people who think people are basically good tend to be optimistic, outgoing, tolerant, a willingness to experiment, loose morals and a slovenly appearance.
A core premise of the growing movement known as restorative, or transformative, justice is that conflict is opportunity. This is where we have our greatest chance to grow: at the friction points, as our emotions are heating up. We just have to face the situation with openness, calm and courage. Once again, this is no easy task. But the more we work at this, the more we realize the value of doing so, and the less inclined we become simply to swat our difficulties, and the people we blame them on, out of the way.
I’m convinced that uncoupling our inclination to dominate others to get our way and embracing “power with” them as our prime approach to life is the fundamental emotional shift necessary for the creation of lasting peace.
from the fearful worldview we get wars, dictatorships, repression, bigotry and intolerance, a preference for the status quo, a desire to punish transgressions, a militaristic church, a violence-enshrined society, elitism and wealth disparity.
from the accepting worldview we get a laidback, partying, fun kind of everything-goes society where everybody’s more or less equal.
it’s plain to see the traps of the fearful worldview, but what are the traps of the accepting worldview? one of the main ones is that people who expect good from others don’t expect evil. and that’s where the fearful worldview has the advantage – because they won’t hesitate to crush the opposition to ensure their dominance, while the accepting worldview just wants everybody to get along and never sees it coming.
how does this translate to the story? the girl has a big blindside when it comes to wickedness. she rejects violence and the ways of those who want power-over, ignores evidence of it, believes the lies without looking beneath it, ends up being victimized, and then closes down and becomes suspicious and demanding.
so her problem is that inside she becomes the same fear-based person that tends to cling to classical reality inside, while being the spokesmodel for quantum reality, which is love-based. and because she’s been hurt, she has no love in her. there’s nothing sustaining her except her energy and drive, and so she exhausts herself, becomes a real bitch, and does everything herself while making everybody around her feel bad for not doing enough. she’s never happy. and she’s got self-pitying excuses for anything anybody cares to point out to her. so she’s a big hypocrite.
that was easy.
so what are her tests? where does she continue to choose the self-righteous angry reaction to the world? why, at every turn, of course. but we need to have 7 points of testing, in 7 different ways, just like with the boy. the 7 stations of the cross, so to speak.
does she keep shirking her responsibility? does she keep hiding her powers and pretending to be just a regular person? does she secretly hate all those people who look to her for guidance?
her tests are all variations on this theme – she can’t bring herself to commit totally to the love-based reality she espouses. and she can’t admit to her doubts. she feels she has no choice.
isles – she doesn’t want to be responsible for all those players
mountains – she starts a center of learning and then runs away
lowlands – she can’t quite let people organize for themselves
wilderness – she really loves being alone and has to be dragged to the next ring
hinterlands – she punishes others for not being good enough
hell – she totally exhausts herself and becomes the bitch from hell
thru all the boy’s tests he has to face his temptation to use his power over others to force victory and decide to choose love. thru all the girl’s tests she has to face her temptation to force her will and choose surrender.
these are the same choices. just split into male/female, conservative/liberal.