Thursday, March 16, 2006

THE loving GODDESS

Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist: “In acting in relationship to other people ... there may be four or five possibilities. The ... dominant divinity in my mind will be what determines my decision. If my guiding divinity is brutal, my decision will be brutal...” (Flowers, Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth).

I would add, "If my guiding divinity is an unconditional lover, my decision will be unconditionally loving."

2 comments:

Eruvande said...

I'm not sure I even understand what that means. I'm so used to unconditional love being framed with proviso and sanctification, I don't think my brain can process being loved just as is.

Athana said...

I assume you're saying you're not certain you can come to a deep understanding of the phenomenon "uncondtional love"? Because it's been erroneously defined for you, over such a long period of time, by supposed high-status figures?

I think this is a problem for many. Every other time I talk about unconditional mother love, someone will tell me that their mother did not love them well. And I can see, took, how this might be a problem stemming from bad training in warrior-god churches.

I've begun to tell people who haven't experienced uncondtional love to look to the mothers of their friends who might have been healthy enough to give it. Some fathers too learn how to love like mothers. If all else fails, turn to the animal kingdom. Most animal mothers outside zoos exhibit unconditional love.