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Fundamentalist Thinking and Denying the Unknown

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Full moon in Thailand

I often take photos of the full moon and found myself taking another such photo yesterday evening. Why? I honestly don’t know as I have so many full moon photos in the archives that it would be simple just to keep pulling up the same photo and posting it again and again when there is a impulse to write with the image of a moon. Yet knowing there is a full archive, I rushed for the camera and took a number of photos in hopes of capturing the image that will appear here.

I have written often of the feminine association with the moon. Psychology is quick to deny any relationship between the full moon and human behaviour in spite of what folk beliefs exist within all cultures. But psychology has been wrong about so much, so often, that it is hard to “believe” any scientific study that begins with a bias and doesn’t have large enough boundaries and populations to “prove” or “disprove” any “belief.”

The human psyche is not just about neuron pathways, dendrites and synapses. There is a deeper core, one that seems to be porous and seems to connect to the planet that is home, the collective that is family and the cosmos from which energy and its rules have yet to be understood in more than a cursory, kindergarten level manner. Scientific fundamentalism, religious fundamentalism, psychological fundamentalism all have something in common – a refusal to see beyond the vested and small certainties that do more to hold off the unknown, than give answers.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

February 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm

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  1. i couldn’t help but appreciate your post as I too was photographing the full moon last night as well. While this was one of many for you, this was my first good photograph of the moon and it is stored in my newly designated “moon pics” folder.

    As I compared my photo (which I’ll share with you on Twitter) to yours it was interesting to see the similar yet different positioning of features of the moon we each captured.

    Within your post I couldn’t help but appreciate, “…the collective that is family and the cosmos from which energy…” So many unknowns yet we do our best as we seek understanding.


    February 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    • Synchronicity at work considering that there was no ego intention yet there is significance to the psyche in both the images and the words. Thanks, Nancy.


      February 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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