Bad Pets yF life s ext I recently re read the Iliad and suspected that Hillman s book which I d bought a fewears ago but never read would deepen my appreciation of Homer as indeed it did Hillman is always a pleasure to read As he s aged he s become transparent mellow in his meditations If A Terrible Love of War lacks the cerebral pyrotechnics of Re Visioning Psychology or Myth of Analysis it still evokes reflections of grief and lends clarity to a topic it s impossible to treat dispassionately I have followed James Hillman now for ears His book The Force Character And the Lasting Life is a worthy reference book
It Up Life And sums up life and a very intelligent bookIn an article by Richard A Koenigsberg the library of Social Science he ponders People say they would like to achieve peace But how can peace be attained if people love warHe adds that A journalist during the First World War recalled meeting a wounded Canadian soldier in pain He reports how he tried to console the soldierAs I looked into his face and saw the look of personal victory over physical pain I gripped him by the hand and said My good man when ou go back home to Canada back to The Fall Of White City (Victorian Chicago Mystery Series Book 1) your homeou need not tell them that Please Dont Tickle The Tiger you loveour country that MTIV you loveour home just show them our scars Being wounded functioned as a testimonial demonstration of love In war the good the sacred ideal and the bad violent acts are fused into oneWhy do people love war Because it provides the occasion to demonstrate one s devotion We love war because it allows us to prove that we love our countryJames Hillman starts his book One sentence in one scene from one film Patton sums up what this book tries to understand The general
Walks The Field After A the field after a Churned earth burnt tanks dead men He takes up a dying officer kisses him surveys the havoc and says I love it God help me I do love it so I love it than my life We can never prevent war or speak sensibly of peace and disarmament unless we enter this love of war I have read uite a few books about war especially about Vietnam wanting to reinforce my belief that war is a really bad idea regardless of how regularly it happens So I picked this book at least partially enticed by the title A Terrible Love of War As I often do I Great thinkers including Twain Tolstoy Kant Arendt Foucault and Levinas Hillman's broad sweep and detailed research bring a fundamentally new understanding to humanity's simultaneous attraction and aversion to war This is a compelling necessary book in a violent world.
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Opposites Kant s antinomies Darwin s natural selection Marx s struggle of classes and even Freud s repression of the id by the ego and superego Mmmcondensing entire scientific political psychological and philosophical theories into a crude mold to fit my pretentious narrative really gets me off he noted as he fapped
Furiously We Think In WarlikeWe think in warlike feel ourselves at war with ourselves and unknowingly believe predation territorial defense conuest and the interminable battle of opposing forces are the ground rules of existence HNGGHHH OH YEAHHHH If ou re interested in some self aggrandizing mental masturbation comprised mainly of other s words but sprinkled with bullshit then strap ourself in for a brain numbing ride full of hyperbole and circular reasoning that ultimately goes nowhere Enjoy This is my second time reading this book and I m hitting the same difficulty that I had the first time around I find Hillm Frustrated with the Author Such excellent ideas and thesis but his delivery lacked an over arching coherence to tie all his various excellent points beautifully together One of Carl Jung s protege s I had high expectations for him as he tried to tackle such an incredibly challenging topic He takes on
The Challenge Of Humans Andchallenge of Humans and and why it seems to be such an inescapable part of the human experience as well as why it shatters the men and women involved in it He argues that peace is only known as the absence of war which by it s definition makes it intricately linked to war to give Peace any meaning whatsoever Pacifism is just another form of War by other means waged by employing tactics of non violence but it is still a form of warfareThen he dives deeper into just what War is and argues that is a human experience that transcends human reason because it only exists in the realm of madness and chaos That the predictable world of the average human is forever crushed by the randomness and chaotic events of war That the human souls struggles to comprehend the incomprehensible He suggests that the only way to do this is through using the ancient myths as they try to give form to madness in the personification of the ancient Gods of Ares and Aphrodite War is than just horror and cruelty The juxtaposition T respected psychologists undertakes a groundbreaking examination of the essence of war its psychological origins and inhuman behaviors Utilizing reports from many fronts and times letters from combatants analyses by military authorities classic myths and writings from. .
While the book itself is an easy read the author seems to return to the same uote and the same descriptions too many times That coupled with a lack of true direction in the book and ou re left feeling like Silk and Steel you have a lot of unfinished strands What I liked in this book were the factoids given about various wars but ifou re looking for a cohesive tale of why we fight this isn t This book has an original and insightful approach to the idea of war how we can understand it better and cope with it as a ubiuitous force in our world that effects every single one of us It really shines a helpful light in a very dark corner of the mind I couldn t put it down for the first 34s The last chapter got a little less laser beam as the first few much axe grindy Hillman admits as much but this does not attract from the overall experience imo A discussion of the psychological and mythic bases of war that it is a force with its own life and drives War Ares is a god and will have Its way Although beautifully written and simple lucid prose it is nonetheless a difficult book to grasp gleaning essential truths about war and violence throughout history religion and psychology And to those who have faith that war can be replaced by peace Hillman offers no comfort the acts of war may be directed even transmuted but war is he establishes part of what makes us human I am actually reading this book for debate It is surprisingly a good read despite it s slightly macabre title It is about the psychological effects war has on us as humans It also talks about how ever since the dawn of time humans have always have been war and if
Not Trying To Wartrying to prevent war suggests the best way to comabt the normalization of war is to embrace it There are also surprising sources to back Hillman up like Donald Rumsfield Albert Einstein Churchhill among many others You really need an open mind to process these sometimes out there ideas I imagine James Hillman was masturbating furiously as he wrote this Oh Het Reservaat Van Ward Ruyslinck yeah he said out loud If it is a primordial component of being then war fathers the very structure of our existence and our thinking about it our ideas of the universe of religion of ethics war determines the thought patterns of Aristotle s logic of. War is a timeless force in the human imagination and indeed in daily life Engaged in the activity of destruction its soldiers and its victims discover a paradoxicalet profound sense of existing of being human In A Terrible Love of War James Hillman one of today's mos.