Orwell’s Shooting An Elephant – a Review and Analysis

SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS

I’d like to kick off this new essay review series on a strong note. So, without further ado, let’s start with the legend and his legendary piece: George Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant.”

TO SET THE STAGE

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The Philosophy of Pink Floyd’s “Time”

Few topics are as disconcerting as time–by itself, of course, it’s quite harmless but it’s what it calls to mind that unnerves us–namely, our limited time and the disappointing way we choose to spend that limited time. Think of the people that history remembers–dedicated authors, obsessive workers, prolific innovators, ingenious thinkers. All of these people, even if not conscious of it, did not “fritter and waste” their hours away–they milked them to their fullest potential. Time is a sly topic–it is Trojan Horse, coming through the gates as something harmless but opening up to reveal itself as a dismal reminder of our mortality. Let this sentiment bring us to the first four lines of Pink Floyd’s “Time”: Continue reading “The Philosophy of Pink Floyd’s “Time””

Jung on The Therapist’s Dilemma

A couple weeks ago, I finished C.G. Jung’s essay The Undiscovered Self. I found it an impressive but not wholly convincing work–great food for thought but painfully hypothetical (Jung, of course, argues that is precisely how it should be). Still, I find myself revisiting a few ideas that really peaked my interest. One of such is his explanation of what I will call the “therapists dilemma.”

The Therapist’s Dilemma

“On one hand, he is equipped with the statistical truths of his scientific training, and on the other hand, he is faced with the task of treating a sick person who…requires individual understanding. The more schematic the treatment is, the more resistance it–quite rightly–calls up in the patient, and the more the cure is jeporadized.” – C.G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self (p. 7)

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