Images from Carl Jung's soon-to-be released (and controversial) Red Book.
Photos of the "inland explorer's" art work from The New York Times.
Caroline Lazar is still in high school but already won a writing contest over at McSweeney's. I just love McSweeney's and now I love Caroline too. Here's how she starts her winning piece Oh My Gawd: A Column About a Teenager Navigating Religion.
I once set a priest on fire. This was not a radical action of protest or a fitful spell of hatred against the church. This was a clumsy entry into my teenage years. I had been chosen to light the Advent candles one March and the match slipped from my hand on to Father's bright robe. A spark caught the fabric, which erupted into a flame, singeing a hole into the back of the robe. I frantically fanned the man (after blowing on the fire, as if he was a birthday candle on the cake of Christ), and eventually extinguished the blaze. Welcome to Adolescence, please check your elegance at the gate! Luckily, the priest was so absorbed in his homily by that point, he didn't know or care about the forest fire I had set on him.
With the Catholic Church alight in its own inferno of scandal and criticism, it is difficult for someone growing up in a time of change to continue to adapt to the Church's views. Especially when that someone isn't completely convinced in the first place.
Please read the rest of this witty, insightful young girl's column over here.
She is proof positive as to why I am never going to force my kids to go to church on Sunday and why I will be honest with them about my own issues concerning organized religion. My issues need not be theirs, of course. More like, feel free to seek your own path. Maybe a Church, or yoga or Jung can help you? But always, all hail to the "Church of Doing Good Things". Be nice, work hard, play fair. Oh and... tolerance! Especially for blasphemous moms such as yours!