Joe Breznau sends his thoughts from his home in Moscow, Idaho
The blogpost by Mary Theis brought to mind some thoughts Edward Edinger put together about 20 years ago in his book, Archetype of the Apocalypse. From the editor’s Preface to the book: “It seems absolutely inevitable that immense turmoil, convulsive movements and eruptions of chaos of vast proportions are in the making so far as the political–historical aspect of mankind is concerned. That, I think, will dwarf the upheaval that took place at the beginning of the Christian era with the gradual disintegration of the Roman Empire. That was small potatoes by comparison to what will happen this time." (Edinger) "Yet Edinger believed that this terrible transition in culture (what the poet Yeats called the "rough beast, it’s hour come round at last”) will be bearable if we understand the meaning of what is going on. Edinger goes further: he states the hypothesis that if enough people understand what is really going on, if enough people internalize the meaning of "Apocalypse" in their own life process, then the worst of external catastrophe can be softened."
In chapter 1 Edinger further says, "...this archetype of the apocalypse is experienced in quite different ways if occurring in the individual psyche or in the collective life; but in either case, it is a momentous event – literally world shattering. This is what the content of the apocalypse archetype presents: the shattering of the world as it has been, followed by its reconstitution."