Just opened up this book by Sallie Nichols entitled “Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey” and I’m already finding something good. I guess our card decks used to include the Knight card. The author says, “[t]hat this symbol of single-minded purpose, courtliness, and courage should have disappeared from today’s playing cards may indicate a lack of these qualities in our present day psychology.”
Yes, of course, we are taught and encouraged to be *consumers* on every level imaginable. Consume food, technology, and TV shows. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. No, but really. Everything is prepackaged and ready for us to absorb. It’s so easy, just open up and eat – don’t think. Except at some point, you have to say, enough. No, I’m not just some slug* who consumes and absorbs anything and everything I am served up.
I am a proactive, living, breathing human being. I have a spirit, a fire, a desire for more than just passive consumerism. I am no slug. Yeah. This is the challenge we face in modern western society, I say. Too much of everything and too little focus on an authentically defined purpose. Oh, but purpose has also been cut out for us, hasn’t it. If you’re not careful, you may be living out someone else’s life.
*The slug seemed like an appropriate analogy thanks to one of Tony Single’s Crumbcasts (https://crumblecult.com/crumbcast/). Thanks Tony. The slug too has a purpose. 😀