Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Blogger considers soul in political discussions

New Brunswick blogger Gerald McEachern writes in today’s post, "Politics: where soul meets the real world" about the shadow of politics, nuclear power and the province’s natural resources. He suggests,
"Soul and belief have a long history. What is soul? To paraphrase philosopher Thomas Moore, the soul is a kind of interior workspace in which we work out issues between our internal nature (or spiritual being) and the physical world. In Jungian terms, soul might be seen as a waiting room between the conscious and the unconscious mind.

Our souls, putting aside any specific religious notions of the word, crave something more than mere survival. Our souls are aspirational. Our souls want to shape the world into something more than the sum of its parts. Everything we do, from the making [of] art to the creation [of] great societies is soul work."
While referencing a CBC radio interview, McEachern states, "... neither the voters nor the politicians want to look at the real issues. What are those issues? The issues, as always, are physical resources and human energy."

Contrasting developments in Alberta with those in New Brunswick, he asks, "But do we have the courage to do the soul work to create a better future for ourselves? Not if we listen our current political leaders. Real aspiration for this province seems to be in stunningly short supply."

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