Dungeons and Dreams IVPosted: November 10, 2015
“The formula always goes beyond the fact which it expresses”
I believe Bergson once wrote.
I make mention of this because it was the first saying that came to mind as I found myself in bed between consciousness and dream, a state in which repressed desires from my waking hours found opportunity to manifest. Therein, a phantasm of Benedict IX, yes, the same one who became Pope some time after the age of ten, only to then sell the Papacy when he was twenty one….
Out of nowhere, a semé of stars on a lady shaped silhouette – I could only assume she symbolised Her – Benedict’s cousin who is reported to have refused to marry him causing him to renege on the sale and avail himself of the power at his disposal in order to regain his Papacy….
Suddenly I was awake and left only with afterthoughts – those words of Bergson’s, especially the part where he continues to expound the aforementioned by stating that “to recognise a man is to distinguish him from other men; but to recognise an animal is usually to identify the species to which it belongs.”
The experience left me questioning: poor Pope Ben, where dost thou belong? In a dungeon or upon a throne?
© Heath Muchena, 2015