The following was written by @mikeypie12
Labour’s Oedipus Complex
I was never an academic. I learned far more as a child from my grandparents, and at family gatherings where I’d listen to stories in the evening over the course of a winter by a red-hot turf-fire. They’d tell me stories about ancient heroes and the old ways. It’s unlucky to tell these stories during the day. Nonetheless, I found it inspiring. They’d give me books and teach me songs and that’s how I had my main education. They’d give me booze and teach me the catechism, and that’s how I had my theological education. Whilst, I wouldn’t describe them so much as religious people. I’d describe them as superstitious people. Or people contentedly hedging their bets. They didn’t care whether it’s a load of nonsense or not.
Why take the chance when the alternative is a red hot poker up your arse for eternity?
It’s pragmatism. But, I digress. Still, I could tell you that I consider all these things compatible. Religion, folklore, mythology it’s all the bloody same. The bible, the Q’uaran, you name it. Some of it is just folk-tales passed down from generation to generation. Mostly verbally because people at the time couldn’t write, or they could only with great difficulty. Subsequently some of it has lost its context and therefore also its meaning. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Some of it is to educate. Some of it’s just history, plain and simple. Some of that history like all history has war and racist, violent, xenophobes. Some of it, just some of it, is really good and still essential and relevant. Again. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Still, then there’s the Christianity. Or the New Testament. The parts which are compatible with my socialism. Such as, be kind to the poor. Oppose usury. Don’t kill people. Don’t steal. Treat people equally. I’m yet to find a single mention about bombing the Middle-East senseless to impart God’s will and testament and a dash of democracy. I think about these things and worry about the children and what kind of world they’ll grow up in and what they’ll have left and that really starts to bother me more and more.
If I could change anything I would change the education system
All of it, create a generation of thinkers and strong minds. Rather than generations of people who are ostensibly indoctrinated into a form of hive mind. I’d like to build an education system that emboldens, strengthens and inspires. One that creates employers rather than employees, if you like. The crux of my philosophies.
Mythology is something that can be still unerringly relevant
Whenever I watch the news, which subsequently leads me to writing pieces such as this, it’s because there is an absurdity which I’m all too keenly aware of. When we see The Conservative Party declaring themselves to be the party of working people, whilst without the merest hint of irony, they destroy those very workers’ rights. When they talk about “Fixing the roof, while the sun is shining” whilst systematically dismantling the rest of our civilsation into boxes for a quick and cheap sale to China. Or, when they join in the denunciation of Russia for “indiscriminate bombing” that is killing innocent people in the Middle-East, whilst at the same time we continue to arm questionable regimes in that region to the teeth (if I need to tell you who they are, you’ll never know). It goes beyond hypocrisy. It’s absurd.
Back when I was eighteen, I read a philosophical essay by the French author Albert Camus called “The Myth of Sisyphus.”
Though it was a small work, it made a big impression on me. In the essay, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: man’s futile search for meaning, unity and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world.
Does the realisation of the absurd require suicide? Camus answers: “No. It requires revolt.”
To understand the future, I find myself looking more and more to the past
Something that isn’t entirely uncommon in intellectual circles, either. Perhaps the greatest example of this was, Carl Jung. The great psycho-analyst and protege of the renowned psychiatric pervert and coke-head Sigmund Freud. The latter point may go someway to explaining why those in the psychiatric profession demand so much money. Freud was perhaps most famous for his interepretation of the Oedipal Complex, based on the myth, and he interpreted it as a child having something of a fixation on his or her own mother. Jung, on the other hand was a brilliant thinker, who towards the end of his career began to find himself becoming depressed. As someone who had treat thousands of depressive patients, he atleast had the self-awareness to recognise the symptoms of depression in himself.
Jung’s own conclusion upon treating himself, was remarkably, that the answer to his depression could be found most lucidly through ancient mythology and mysticism. He began painting Mandalas, which are an Indian spiritual tradition many thousands of years old, and he quickly began to overcome his malaise. The conclusion from the greatest psychiatric mind of all time could thus be summed up as: modern psychiatry is bullshit.
Which leads me to my main point:
Today I read about Labour MP’s continuing to oppose Jeremy Corbyn over Trident. Or infact, anything they can. This is the great tragedy. Whilst the current Tory regime continue to inflict mindless misery on the population of the British isles day-by-day, the post-Blair pity party continues in earnest. They continue to insist on the narrative Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable. Such is the real meaning behind the story of Oedipus in Greek myth. It’s simply self-fulfilling prophecy in undulating effect. It’s a concept that was familiar to people thousands of years ago. They even went to the trouble of making the point quite vividly about the consequences of obsessively perpertuating a perceived outcome. It’ll happen, in disastrous fashion. The tragedy for us is that, never more have the vast majority of people in this nation needed someone like Corbyn.
People from within the ranks of Labour itself are ironically the biggest threat to the movement to get Corbyn elected. Perhaps I’m mindlessly optimistic, but I genuinely believe the more educated members of British society can see through the self-serving veneer of the media and Tory policy. No-one knows more acutely than a Marxist, that ultimately come election time, the most decisive factor for a person standing at the ballot box is whichever candidate best serves their own self-interest.
Perhaps a disasterous outcome is what some from within Labour are looking for
Whilst evidence is available to support this theory. It’s not for me to say. There’s also evidence to support Labour’s chances in 2020. That is what I choose to focus on. This is still a game that Corbyn and Labour can win. No matter how determined certain interests may be to ensure that he does not.
Returning to Camus’ work, the final chapter compares the absurdity of man’s life with the situation of Sisyphus, a figure of Greek mythology who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a rock up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The essay concludes,
“The struggle itself is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”