|Toronto, Ontario Skyline, August 2010|
Today’s photo was taken in Toronto in late August just the day before I boarded the plane for China. This is the modern version of a cathedral for the religion of commerce in the service of the god, Mammon. Mammon as a god, is a god outside of the human psyche, a god located in power, in money, in things, in stuff. The route to this god is in pursuit of money and power, and the worship of money and power. And, like any other "religion," it can only lead to an emptiness, a realisation that one's individual humanity and spirit has been betrayed and one has lost all meaning.
"What one could almost call a systematic blindness is simply the effect of the prejudice that God is outside of man." (Jung, Psychology and Religion, par. 100)
Somehow, as I struggle with meaning, for my own "raison d'être," I find myself shedding stuff, needing less. Perhaps it is simply more about aging than about individuation and I delude myself into thinking that becoming more conscious leaves one less "needful" of the stuff of Mammon. Perhaps . . .