By Michael Jackson

All of us event qualms and anxieties once we flow from the identified to the unknown. although our achievement in existence may perhaps depend upon trying out limits, our faintheartedness is a reminder of our want for protection and our know-how of the hazards of venturing into alien worlds.

Evoking the recent, dust-filled Harmattan winds that blow from the Sahara to the Gulf of Guinea, this ebook creatively explores what it capability to be buffeted by way of the unexpected and the unknown. Celebrating the life-giving strength of individuals, areas, and powers that lie past our proven worlds, Harmattan connects existential energy to the act of resisting prescribed customs and wondering obtained notions of fact. on the book's center is the fictitious tale of Tom Lannon, a graduate pupil from Cambridge collage, who continues to be ambivalent approximately pursuing a standard existence. After touring to Sierra Leone within the aftermath of its devastating civil battle, Tom meets a author who is helping him discover the probabilities of renewal. Illustrating the truth that yes features of human life are universal to every person despite tradition and historical past, Harmattan remakes the excellence among domestic and global and the connection among wisdom and lifestyles.

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32 On Not Being Rule Governed In revisiting my near-death experience, I found myself wondering what became of Andrew Corney, whom I had not seen or heard of since the early 1950s when we were Boy Scouts together. I failed to locate Andrew on the Internet, but I did find his sister Fleur, a celebrated writer of teenage fiction. I wrote to Fleur, asking if she could put me in touch with Andrew, only to learn that he had died of cancer in 2005. Fleur subsequently told me that Andrew’s childhood passion had been building radio sets, and his first teacher had been my father’s Radio Club pal, Dan Wilkinson.

Because in my experience once they begin to talk, they have things to tell you that you won’t be able to get from anywhere else. , your parents never told you anything about their experiences because there was at the very least a great deal of shame attached to these experiences. So one kept them under lock and seal. And I for one doubt that my mother and father, even amongst themselves, ever broached any of these subjects. There wasn’t a written or spoken agreement about these things. It was a tacit agreement.

Claude Lévi-Strauss, The Raw and the Cooked, trans. John and Doreen Weightman (London: Jonathan Cape, 1970), 13. The case for the psychoanalytic view that “mythology is psychology projected upon the external world” has been eloquently argued by Dundes. Alan Dundes, “Earth-Diver: Creation of the Mythopoeic Male,” American Anthropologist 64, no. 5 (October 1962): 1032–1051 (1037). Sigmund Freud, A General Introduction to Psycho-analysis (New York: Permabooks, 1953), 328. For analogous fantasies and myths of anal birth, see Dundes, “Earth-Diver,” 1038–1040.

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