MAKING A HOLE IN DENIAL
GRIEF, COURAGE AND BEAUTY IN MALE SOUL

Sponsored by On The Common Ground

 

WHO: Led by ROBERT BLY, MICHAEL MEADE, JAMES HILLMAN.
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3,1991.
WHERE: The Manhattan Center, New York, NY

The growth of soul in a man depends on his willingness to handle the challenges in his personal life. The health of the national soul depends on the capacity of adults to face the dilemmas of the times. The denial of hard facts, the repression of painful emotions and the suppression of fearful images have become national as well as personal faults. Denial is the ruling symptom of American culture.

If we deny personal conflicts, an angry shadow grows.
If we deny the national deficit, we require false art.
If we deny the beauty in youth, violence increases in the culture.
If we deny the grief of war, we impose sorrow on the future.

How does the soul find the courage to dispel the enchantments of passivity? How does a country break the pattern of passivity at home and aggression abroad? How does a man face daily challenges and move into active community? Join poet Robert Bly, psychologist James Hillman, and mythologist Michael Meade in deepening these questions, in feeling the sorrows of the time, in making small holes in the wall of denial.

 

 


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