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Probably it was something I ate last night

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I was sitting in the living room this morning with my wife, enjoying a cup of coffee after breakfast. We were looking out the window at the autumn prairie landscape and talking as we usually do before we get busy with planned projects for the day. At one point, the idea of people trying to build up their own sense of worth by putting down others came up. Both of us found many examples of this basic human tendency from our workplaces where there is a fear of superiors and a disdain for inferiors in the pecking order of the workplace. The idea that we are all simply just humans doing a job the best we can, that we all have lives that are not our jobs, seems like a foreign concept. And, as usual, that got me thinking. I knew that this needed to be taken here, if not for you, my readers, then for myself so that I could spill out what I needed to say and free up energy for the projects of the day that lay ahead.

We are born naked; every last one of us was born without clothes, without much more than an immediate fear of an unknown world, born hungry. Somewhere along the journey babies learn that the world contains others somewhat like him or herself. Typically there is power in those relationships where the baby is powerless and learns that she or he is powerless in the face of the parent. Every baby also learns that she or he has a body and that the clothes on the body is not part of who they are. And when the baby is able to slip out of the clothes and become familiar with the body, there is a real pleasure in the sense of discovery about the self.

Babies soon become toddlers and the lessons begin to teach the child that the self needs to be hidden behind clothing as well as lies. And at this point in time, the need to find a new way to define the self arises. Does the child learn to relate to others and thus re-establish a relationship to self in terms of equality? Or. does the child learn to compete, to dominate, to retaliate with passive resistance? Whatever lesson the child learns, that lesson is carried forward into adulthood following years and years of practice.

Perhaps the child becomes a manager of a facility. As the manager, work relationship patterns emerge that can be traced to lessons learned while growing up. Will the manager dominate the supporting cast of characters in the workplace? Will the manager collaborate and validate the staff to achieve workplace needs? Unknown to the manager is that this is all occurring at the unconscious level.

Beneath the roles and the relationships each of us finds ourselves involved with as adults, we are still naked. Stripped of our roles, our titles, our wealth, our own ignorance, we are all vulnerable and naked. Why do we cower and grovel like some insecure pet before our bosses, our mates to whom we given over our own power of self, our authorities be they presidents or shift bosses? Each of these powerful others are really no different at all. They are all naked beneath their clothing in spite of how much they may have paid for that clothing. They all have to deal with the elimination of body wastes using the same body parts. They all have to deal with body health issues that come with passing viruses and other nasty sources and that come with aging. Beneath the veneer of job or social rank, the same insecurities weigh in to trouble sleep and give rise to troubling dreams or frightening nightmares.

What pisses me off are those who adopt a fundamentalist way of being in the world which needs to deny the value and worth of others in order to shore up their own insecurities. False truths and supporting dogma are used as weapons of mass psychological destruction. Young girls and boys, women and men are all enemies until and unless they mindlessly adhere to the dogma and enter the crusade to purify the world of others. Particularly frustrating and devastating is the crusade to deny the body, to wrap the body in darkness and declare it to be the tool of the ultimate enemy of humanity.

What brings on this rant? Well, it has several sources. The first that pops into my mind is how a government such as exists in Canada, has devalued the feminine, defunding groups that have women’s issues at their core, and has no will to deal with the issue of so many aboriginal women going missing in Canada. The message is clear – they are not worth it.

The second issue is that of how a political group in the U.S.A. has shut down government using the issue of entitlement, the right to good medical care by the lower classes within the country, the funding of which would eat into the entitled wealth of those who are working so hard to deny and defund.

And the last issue? Probably it was something I ate last night.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

October 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

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  1. I love, love the synchronicity of this! I was just thinking about someone who gave me a not-so subtle put-down about a shirt I was wearing the other night. It hurt and I’ve been fuming about it ever since. Then, just before I read your article I read a quote from Jung about a saint who was repressing aspects of her personality, (one of them was surely pride in her appearance, or maybe it was the need to always be good and perfect and right!) Anyway she was very pained by the other nuns’ gossip about her and this came out in painful physical symptoms! Jung’s response was that our disowned unconscious qualities often take the form of gossip that reveals a chink in our armour! So now I see that one chink in my armor is a bit too much pride and sensitivity about my appearance and needing to be well-thought of and right! Ouch! Not fun to realize, but on the other hand, I love the way this all came together in your post! Thank you for following your instincts to write about something that bothers you. You helped me see a shadow aspect of myself that I haven’t given enough attention to! 🙂 Your sister in this work, Jeanie

    Jean Raffa

    October 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    • I love synchronicity, Jeanie. Thanks for bringing the synchronicities here. It’s great to have a sister in this work. 🙂


      October 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  2. I must have ate the same thing.


    October 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    • Time for a stiff drink, good doctor, and not rubbish.


      October 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm

  3. Good post, Robert. Although I wholeheartedly disagree with your position about what’s going on here in the good old U.S. of A, it would be interesting to sit and talk with you about it. 🙂


    October 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    • Disagreement is good 🙂 Strange how so many Americans either support or reject the ideas I bring here in reflection. Both sides of the coin contain truth. 🙂


      October 31, 2013 at 10:23 am

  4. Robert, an example of this travesty of what they call ‘affordable’ health care:

    Actual comment from someone who was able to log on to Obamacare website…..
    I actually made it through this morning at 8:00 A.M. I have a preexisting condition (Type 1 Diabetes) and my income base was 45K-55K annually I chose tier 2 “Silver Plan” and my monthly premiums came out to $597.00 with $13,988 yearly deductible!!! There is NO POSSIBLE way that I can afford this so I “opt-out” and chose to continue along with no insurance. I received an email tonight at 5:00 P.M. informing me that my fine would be $4,037 and could be attached to my yearly income tax return. Then you make it to the “REPERCUSSIONS PORTION” for “non-payment” of yearly fine. First, your drivers license will be suspended until paid, and if you go 24 consecutive months with “Non-Payment” and you happen to be a home owner, you will have a federal tax lien placed on your home. You can agree to give your bank information so that they can easy “Automatically withdraw” your “penalties” weekly, bi-weekly or monthly! This by no means is “Free” or even “Affordable.


    October 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    • And who is to blame? That’s the problem. What do Americans want in terms of medical coverage? None? User pay? User pay according to ability to pay? That’s the first hard decision to make. Is the focus on protecting the rights and incomes of doctors and pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders – or is it to protect the rights to good health care for American citizens regardless of income levels or no income, no address, and even no ability to let their community know of their needs?

      I’m not suggesting either Democrat or Republican agenda, but a people’s agenda. How will you and your countrymen get there?


      October 31, 2013 at 10:30 am

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