Sunday, July 3, 2016

Shaman and Confucian

What exactly has our hero been doing these past few days or might even be weeks. Sadly we both got a little side tracked by world events, particularly around the words existential crisis as it applies to Political Parties, one thing led to another and we found ourselves exploring the history and causes of the First Sino-Japanese War as well as the Japanese Annexation of Korea, where we again came across the word Cheondoism. It's an opinion, agnostic in nature, no after life, that offers heaven upon earth through a set of moral virtues that would reform society, overcome old outdated customs and traditions. A person can think of it as Confucius and the Eastern Way as opposed to the many iterations of the Shaman tradition were the Shaman was able to enter trance, leave his or her body, travel the astral plains, seek guidance from the source of all being and return to earth with good advice for a small hunting party or an affair of the heart or a Shinto Samurai Warrior or pretty much anything you can think of.

By the time we reached the burdens of World War I Reparations upon German Society and the final payment which was made by The German Treasurer on the 3 October 2010, our hero, who has been anxious to get on to his interview with a three person panel of professionals, was a little impatient. He wanted to know how this drifting about was going to help frame the more immediate question confronting him, which is how to demonstrate his sanity to three psychiatrists charged with determining the extent of his mental fitness. It's not an easy time for our hero. There are ghosts from the past in the interview room, the contents of his carryall are arranged on the table between our hero and his interviewers. Tealeaves, you could call them, the sum of our hero's concrete world. His grandfather has been cruelly exiled in the form of a rabbit by the Lead Bull and in our hero's view is quite obviously nuts. Our hero, himself, has had his head shaved, he's been dipped in lindane, scrubbed head to toe, he's been given an orange dressing gown and pajamas to wear  And certainly he looks like a mental patient. And I think if there is a point, of the three Doctors conducting the interview, one is more Shamanistic, the others more Confucian in their approach to their chosen discipline.

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