Currently a lecturer in English Literature and Composition at CSULA while serving as Educational Consultant and Editor for the Hawaii Institute of Molecular Education, Deborah continues her work as a fine artist through mixed media. Deborah has worked as Lead Scenic for HBO Films and in various capacities for independent film production companies, as well as accomplishing faux painting for home interiors and antique furniture.
Like cartographers of the stars and globe, the apocalyptic writers mapped dynamics of human nature and society, captured their amorphous but essential, distinguishable shape, and — in a code of metaphors — recorded their observations. Some of these recordings are called Scripture. The extrapolation of this unscientific art gave us our apocalyptic literature.
We were talking about the difference between Dark Persephone and Persephone as Queen. And Dark Persephone is the Kore. And the reason she’s the Kore is because instead of opening to her mother with compassion, and opening to Hades with compassion, for these three interstitial months, she uses them as a withholding where she’s actually claiming herself and defending herself and withholding herself in a space between the two poles of the Dark Lord and her mother. But the reason she needs to hold that space between the Dark Lord and her mother is because she has not integrated the two of them through compassion.
What the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., knew so well is that our job is not to react in kind, eye for an eye, but to respond with a fierce and loving kindness that looks the oppressor in the eye — to respond with a willingness to regard ourselves with the self-esteem not only that we want from others but that we must extend to others, regardless of color, creed, or character.
You remember Dr. King talking about character?