[percy-l] the slow read of The Second Coming

Lauren Stacy Berdy lauren.stacy.berdy at gmail.com
Sat Sep 10 10:55:59 EDT 2016

Dr. Percy read Carl Jung................I add a few more words on the 
subject of the /boundaries/ we make in our own heads........... if you 

almost everyone at one time has seen or heard or participated in some 
form of Witch hunt and as grotesque as these things are they 
nevertheless illustrate the disasters of projection. and the persistent 
blindness of us humans to our OWN foibles. We loathe in others those 
things and only those things that we secretly loathe in ourselves.

A witch hunt begins when a person loses track of some trait of tendency 
which he/she deems evil,satanic,demonic,or at least unworthy. it could 
be something inconsequential as well.......All of us ALL OF US have a 
dark side ( READ Lancelot)

(According to the  Hebrews tradition  maybe G-d placed  this wayward 
tendency in us to prevent us from perishing from boredom............)

but the witch hunter believe he doesn't have a black heart.the more his 
little black heart clamors for attention the more he 
resists.........then he starts to SEE IT IN OTHERS

he knows someone has a black heart and it cant be him it must be someone 
else........atrocious dimensions happen like the Shoah.

we who are doing this projecting strongly affect us instead of just 

/I looked and looked and this I came to see that what I thought was you 
and you/

/was really me and me/

Dr Percy once again is offering us a way to see one another to hear one 
another. Forgive me my trespasses but in a way he /is/ aligning us to 
see one another and to hear one another. Will is no longer exclusively 
preoccupied with his own personal vantage point. His process quickens 
correctly upon meeting Ally. His identity his very self expands. and his 
soul becomes saturated with depth.  They are both no longer suffocating 
under the the individual concerns and view them with a creative 
detachment. A quiet source of strength is both theirs to be used 

Lauren Berdy

Lauren Stacy Berdy
(614) 314-4162 cell
(754) 816-7508
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On 9/9/2016 6:38 PM, RHONDA MCDONNELL wrote:
> Janet, Jim, and Nancy,
> I've so appreciated your comments on Second Coming. I don't know about 
> the rest of the list, but I have been utterly buried in work. The good 
> news is that two of the projects that have me buried are Percy 
> related. More news on those if/ when appropriate. Thanks for 
> soldiering on.
> Best wishes for good healing, Nancy!
> Rhonda
> PS -- Janet, I agree and would add that religious belief is often 
> manipulated to lead to killing, whether by Christians, Muslims, or 
> others of any stripe. I've read perceptive analysis on ISIS, for 
> instance, that indicates that the leaders are not believers so much as 
> they recognize that faith can become a powerful weapon when wielded by 
> leaders, and that weapon can be used for evil as well as 
> righteousness. Certainly it's a lesson history has shown us time and 
> again.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Sep 9, 2016, at 12:24 PM, honeyjbc1 . <honeyjbc at gmail.com 
> <mailto:honeyjbc at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> I hope Nancy's arm heals well and quickly and doesn't hold her back 
>> too much.
>> You quote Percy saying that Christians have killed more people in 
>> recent centuries that all others put together.This is a fallacy and a 
>> pet peeve of mine. True Christians have done a lot of killing. But if 
>> you count all of the killing throughout time since Christians have 
>> killed infidels of all stripes, it doesn't make a dent in the tens of 
>> millions who have died at the hands of G-dless Nazis or Communists. 
>> If you want to see deaths calculated in tens of millions and 
>> certainly well over a hundred million, you have to go to the real 
>> champions, those people who decide they are G-d and who make it 
>> illegal to worship anyone, let alone any G-d before them. It is why I 
>> try to tell people that atheism is not acceptable. We need G-d for 
>> conscience.
>> But pet peeve aside, welcome aboard and I do wish we could be less 
>> lonely here.
>> Janet
>> On Sep 6, 2016 9:04 AM, "Jim Forest" <jhforest at gmail.com 
>> <mailto:jhforest at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     Thanks, Janet, for the last two contributions to the Second
>>     Coming discussion -- very thorough summaries and great quotes
>>     from the book. I had intended to respond to the first one sooner
>>     but domestic life has been disrupted by Nancy breaking her right
>>     arm; she was knocked down by an exuberant dog -- a Newfoundland
>>     of Viking descent -- while we were on vacation in Norway.
>>     Re section V of The Second Coming (pages 122-199):
>>     I am struck by how passive Will Barrett tends to be -- he says
>>     “the only time I knew what to do was when something bad happened
>>     to somebody. Disaster gave me leave to act.” (122) Then on the
>>     next page: “Something had given [Will] leave to live in the
>>     present … in the quiet center of himself…. Not once had he been
>>     present for his life.” (Later on -- p 153 -- we learn that he
>>     married Marion “because he pleased her so much.”) Janet quoted
>>     the haunting sentence that follows: "Is it possible for people to
>>     miss their lives in the same way one misses a plane?"
>>     Then comes the great segment on funerals followed by this
>>     question: “Why is it that without death one misses one’s life?”
>>     (124) And on the next page: “How can it be that only with death
>>     and dying does the sharp quick sense of life return?”
>>     There is an Eden-like aspect to Second Coming -- the paradise
>>     greenhouse -- but it’s Eden after the Fall. Eden with death. Eden
>>     -- but with the possibility of suicide. (How vividly Will’s Luger
>>     is described on p 131!)
>>     There is Will’s realization is anger having been, up to now, the
>>     mainspring of his life. (133) “You were possessed by anger …
>>     which in the end you turned on yourself.” Later -- 171 -- Will
>>     asks the question: “Where does such rage come from? From the
>>     discovery that in the end the world yields only to violence, that
>>     only the violent bear it away, that short of violence all is in
>>     the end impotence?” These are thoughts that make suicide attractive.
>>     As I read it, the book’s pivotal question is: ”Do you believe in
>>     God?” (136) Percy tucks this into a comic exchange with Episcopal
>>     priest Jack Curl, who finds it embarrassing: “How’s that?” “You
>>     know, God.”
>>     It really is a life-or-death question for Will as it was for
>>     Percy. Then 45 pages later (181) we find Will has come up with a
>>     way (his cave quest, but as yet unrevealed to the reader) to
>>     force God’s hand -- to draw God out from behind the curtain or
>>     not show up, in which case demonstrating that there is
>>     nothing/noone behind the curtain. It’s nothing less than “one of
>>     the strangest schemes ever hit upon by the mind of man.” Will
>>     decides that his father’s suicide was wasted -- it failed to
>>     answer or even attempt to answer the “are You there?” question.
>>     Either Will will pry a yes out of the darkness of heaven or he
>>     will die of heaven’s silence. It’s “the ultimate scientific
>>     experiment…. I aim to settle the question of God once and for
>>     all.” (186)
>>     Sadly Christians themselves, who “have killed off more people in
>>     recent centuries than all other people put together” (188), fail
>>     to prove anything for Will. (Great paragraphs follow on which are
>>     worse, the believers or the unbelievers. They are “two classes of
>>     maniacs.” 190)
>>     “So it was that Will Barrett went mad.” (197)
>>     It is a madness, however, that leads to the greenhouse rather
>>     than the madhouse…
>>     I hope to carry on about pages 199 to 250 tomorrow or the next day.
>>     Janet, I know you’re there. Anybody else?
>>     Jim Forest
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