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Mind, The Serpent. A Tribute To Charlie Hebdo.

Updated on January 11, 2015

The Ominous Serpent

The devil is stalking each step that I take,

Random thoughts besiege me as my soul paves the way,

Careful not to step on the serpents lurking in the way,

I pray that my dark thoughts do not encompass my being

And that the one above gives my life its meaning.

Winged serpent spirit, signifying the sould of the departed, Egypt.
Winged serpent spirit, signifying the sould of the departed, Egypt. | Source

The Serpentine Mind

The serpentine mind may mean different things. It may describe shrewdness, slyness, subtlety, cunning, wiliness,craftiness, just to name a few. The serpentine mind tries to circumvent, wind, twist, and meander around to escape either responsibility or blame. The serpentine mind seems to twist and wind in anger or fear. Carl G. Jung explains it as follows:

“There is a good thing on top of that mountain. I will make a straight line for it.” But the archetypal way is not like that; it is a serpentine way that wriggles and spirals its way to the top. We often feel defeated by it and brought to a standstill. It makes most people terribly impatient and even desperate when nothing happens and they get nowhere. They feel hindered all the time; they don’t understand that this is just as it should be, that it is actually their only chance of getting to the top.” (C.G. Jung, The Visions Seminars,Book Two, p. 295)

Jung theorized that self is the center of personality that organizes and maintains the mind to remain whole. He propounds completeness and wholeness of the self and names it the individuation process. He proposes that the unconscious mind and its inner world manifests the images, dreams, impulses and urges to guide us in our life. We thus navigate through life in a serpentine way while working through our failures, disillusionment, hopes, and ambitions towards either fulfillment or failure..

“Poetry, Painting & Music: the three Powers in Man of conversing with Paradise which the flood did not sweep away.” — William Blake, A Vision of the Last Judgment (1810)

François Cavanna (1923–2014), one of the founders of the first Charlie Hebdo title
François Cavanna (1923–2014), one of the founders of the first Charlie Hebdo title | Source

The Me Is The Dream Of Serpents


I listen to the lament of my mind,

I see the shadows filling my days,

I dream jumping into an abyss,

Of endless darkness where I am simply hurtling,

I see no end to my fall, I cry, I sweat, I try to cling,

But all in vain, since my being is devoid of meaning.


I wake up with a start. I try to find myself in my bewilderment of being alive. I look for a meaning to be me, but all I see and realize is slithering darkness paving itself as the foundation of my being. I cry out aloud. I so wish to be mainstream, to be the neon of my surroundings, to be who I aspire to be. I do not wish to hurtle into the abyss of endless space any longer. I grapple to survive, yet cannot find a single strand of light to entwine my soul and lift it out of its melancholy.


Will this be the way that I end?

Will I remain the dream of serpents for eternity?

Will my prayers for a better tomorrow remain unanswered?

If you are there up above, loving all and seeing everything,

Why is there amplified injustice to a particular few?

Cartooning is a sin too, in your view?


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    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      I sincerely hope so-that better senses prevail and peaceful coexistence wins over religious bigotry and intolerance. Thanks Flourish for reading the hub.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      Don't lose faith or become frustrated. Don't let the terrorists and haters win. Peace and goodness is much bigger that them.

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Mel Hi, thanks for stopping by.

      Jung theorized that self is the center of personality that organizes and maintains the mind to remain whole. He propounds completeness and wholeness of the self and names it the individuation process. He proposes that the unconscious mind and its inner world manifests the images, dreams, impulses and urges to guide us in our life. We thus navigate through life in a serpentine way while working through our failures, disillusionment, hopes, and ambitions towards either fulfillment or disillusionment.

      I don't know what these people went through prior to committing such dastardly acts for I haven't been there, but our impulses and urges do guide the unconscious mind. You may perhaps wish to read my article Heuristics here on HP regarding this, though in a tame sort of way.

    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      You speak about Jung who was a proponent of the collective consciousness. Is it possible people experience terrible dreams prior to horrible events like the Charlie Hebdo massacre? Great hub!

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      The fundamentalists have their own interpretation, the pacifists their own, the middle stream their own, the followers of who they call their last prophet their own, etc. Thus, the strife and intolerance within and outside. Sadly, nothing can be done about it really. It is like the venom of the most poisonous snake that permeates everywhere.

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Yes Ann. Religious bigotry and ignorance are the height of religious insecurity. Thus, such incidents.

      Dipankar

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      You're right and the insidious aspect of the snake is so apt. Terrifying. I have hope but it's beginning to diminish.

      Ann

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks annart for appreciating my tribute to the Hebdo guys. My interpretation of the times that we live in is something similar to an entire race that sees things from a snake's perspective. You do not know when they will crawl up beside you and sting you to death. It is a venom that is spreading as time goes by-the venom of intolerance and hatred.

      Someone somewhere has to do something. Or else the world that we know of today which still has a few islands of peace remaining will be obliterated within the next few generations.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      An interesting and beautiful way to make us think about this tragic event. I like your angle. Thanks, too, for the follow.

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