Ramifications of Ignoring the Shadow

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Response to three Writers
Cooper Thompson's "A New Vision of Masculinity"
Robert Johnson's "Owning Your Own Shadow"
Susan griffins's "Idealogies of Madness"

Submitted: May 06, 2011

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By Benji Crow

Cooper Thompson's "A New Vision of Masculinity"
Robert Johnson's "Owning Your Own Shadow"
Susan griffins's "Idealogies of Madness"

The ramifaications of ignoring the shadow, can result in a further detachment from emotions, feelings and esencial ingredients to a healthy life. "They are affraid fo getting to close and dont know how to take down the walls that they have built between themselves" (Thompson). Furthermore, the shadow is growing among society. This can be dangerous to mankind, the shadow can fuel our wars forever, to the demise of man. After educationg myself through this solected reading, I realized I'm victom of the shadow as well. I can remember the first time my father told me to quit crying or he would give me something to cry about. So then i grow up thinking that there will be punishment for showing such emotions. That is one thing to through in my shadow box. I was told many things that could be added to my shadow, like, "you better never pick a fight, but you better never loose a fight either" my father would things like that into my head. Sure my Mother and Father would say they love me alot, but the word would get stuck in my throut, it is a strong emotion the word "love." An emotion I felt to suppress, it made me feel weak and vonerable, every thing my dad was trying not to teach me (be a man). I thought about the questions Thompson asked his class room, "If you wake up tommarrow and discovered that you were the oppisite sex, from the one your are now, how would you and your life be different" (Thompson)? I would respond in a simular way, as most boys did. Now that my Mother disappeared and I rarely see or hear from my Father, I've had time to realize that I've neglected my shadow for a long enough.  One step in tearing down my walls is that its ok to cry! now you can catch me crying, just watching Kadak moments on TV. Second, I become fond of the word "love" and us it everyday at least three to four times aday. But I still feel closed off, this will take a long time to undo the shadow built during my adolecents. society doesnt care who they hurt as long as they win. One cant talk about this without discribing the distrutive nature of mankind, that is capable of spliting adams, and wipping out life as we know it. So the corresponding consequence of such fragmetation will lead us to our undewing. Most of the claims were values, do to the fact that they are not based on fact, and they werent policy because they didnt use the words, should , must, oughta. So in closing, I'm all for balancing out my shadow with for the rest of my life.


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