Nothing Serious Left to Do

People are very, very crazy. It’s good to know that all the serious problems have been solved and we can now bugger around with this kind of stuff.

Lie to Me Once

Once again, Trump did everything Ukraine would like him to do and everything that Russia doesn’t want him to do. As of now, this has happened in 100% of situation concerning Ukraine and Russia.

I don’t like to be treated like a fool. If you want to rile me up with years of drumming on the “Trump and Russia” drum, you have to provide some proof at some point. Or I’m not listening to you again. I’m not going back to any news outlet that isn’t recognizing that Trump has been completely pro-Ukrainian so far.

Energy Insight

Getting several things done that have been hanging over me for months and migrating from one to-do list to another gives an enormous burst of energy. That happens because all these nagging little tasks devour mental energy and make one feel exhausted even though one might not be doing much.

It takes more energy to postpone than to just do it already.

NYTimes: School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality.

This story illustrates Shelby Steele’s argument in a particularly poignant way. Children are being exploited by crooks, media, indifferent parents, and elite colleges that seek legitimacy by treating them like objects.

Manipulative

This kid is way too smart for her age. Today she told me in a very tragic voice, “We didn’t play at school at all today, mommy. No playing at all.”

“What did you do?” I asked.

“We just cleaned up,” she said with a dramatic sigh. “This means you have to play a lot with me today, mommy. A lot!”

I do play with her a lot, by the way.

She’s only going to be 3 in February. I expected this at five, so it’s hilarious.

More Tales

And you can do this for other fairy tales. Cinderella is about sexual compatibility being stronger than anything else (the foot has to enter the shoe, which is the imagery of a sex act, perfectly.) Hansel and Gretel are about the devouring motherhood. Etc.

But it only works with traditional folk tales.

Snow White

Fairy tales help people work through archetypal conflicts. In Snow White, for instance, we see the eternal drama of a little girl discovering her womanhood.

A girl’s maturity threatens the position of the mother as the woman of the family. The girl feels that she is transgressing against the mother’s role by growing up. This is, of course, not the actual mother but the dark image of the mother, her negative shadow, which is why she’s called a stepmother in the story.

The girl hides from the wrath of the mother shadow in the company of the dwarves who represent miniature, incomplete, non-threatening masculinity because she’s not ready yet to engage with real, fully grown masculinity. The mother shadow tries to subvert her growing up with the traditional markers of domesticated femininity, clothes, mirror and food. Food is what manages to thwart the girl’s growth because it returns her to the earliest, pre-genital stage of development.

Finally, the prince awakens her with a kiss, which symbolizes the awakening of adult femininity that completes her growth.

I’m writing all these trivialities because I just heard in TV how the fairy tale is evil because the prince kisses Snow White (the name screams to the skies that this is a female coming-of-age story, by the way) without consent. This is very dumb because the point is precisely that sexual awakening happens outside of our willpower or reason.