Archive for November 9th, 2009
This will be the last of the Changzhou, China photos in this series of posts. I have chosen this photo of the canal along Jinling Lu heading towards the centre of the city. From my apartment to the city centre was a walk of seven kilometres, something I was willing to do as it allowed me to see so much. Often I would take different routes to the city centre. As you can see, Changzhou has a very modern face as well as the scenes of deconstruction.
It is only to be expected that the collective consciousness and unconsciousness is found in the individual. A close study of one’s environment can reveal aspects of self that have been lost to conscious awareness. Individually, we move forward. Each of us is unique and as we struggle to become more aware of ourselves and our communities and the world at large, we do so in relation to others.
We exist in relation though we only ‘know,’ somewhat, ourselves. We are in relation to the land, water, sky and the elements. That relation has its own history that shows in our phobias as well as in our passions. We are in relation to community and family. Again, our lived history as well as the history of siblings, parents and other extended family members which are still in the collective memory of the family and the community. Both polarities of positive and negative are alive within the community as well as within ourselves.
We move through this towards a better sense of self always aware that the crystal clear picture of self we project is reflected in such a way as to let us know that this picture is hazy at best as there will always be so much that will remain unconscious with enough of these unconscious contents at the edges hinting that all isn’t as it seems.