Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Dymphna on Travel, Trinity, and Typology

Dymphna writes by e-mail:

Bill--I like this snippet from 12/26:

Rather than set off for distant lands, our young idealist should hearken to the home-grown wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson, for whom

Traveling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places. ("Self Reliance")

It reminded me of yet another poem:


Mirabella hates to travel. She says
The place in front of her is universe
Enough and she could never finish here, never
Mind a foreign shore where even the trees
Are alien and unkind. Or so it seems to her.

Besides, travel means eventual return
To where she ventured from
So why leave at all when everything
Is here already?

Mirabella loves to hear of adventures
As long as they belong to someone else.
Travel for her is merely travail
Far from home. She prefers
Her sorrows surrounded by the familiar.

BV: That's good, and better than I am likely to write.

When I can find it, I'll send along another on the Trinity. [Please do!] I'm enjoying your discussion, but my fundamental intuition re this idea is that the human organism is essentially trinitarian in his make-up. He is himself the tertium quid resulting from the union of man and woman. That particular mystery can't ever be transcended; thus we describe it as best we can. Someday, we'll come across a trinitarian nature at the cellular level.

Sheldon's types are in Horney somewhere, aren't they? [BV: Not that I know of.] They wrote in about the same period. In the '90's Claudio Naranjo tried to meld them in the thick soup he made of the Enneagram, Sheldon, Horney, homeopathy, and Millon's categories of character-types (from which I believe the DSM was spawned). In an earlier work, he lined up the Enneagram with the 7 Deadly Sins...