The Minotaur In You

What is it? It is the fear of the unknown, fear of death, fear of one’s evil albeit sexual thoughts, having been suppressed for decades enveloping one’s conscience, and then you acting out as if overcome, driven into a state of delirium!

Andre Masson, There Is No Finished World, 1942

Herein lies the embryo of psychotherapy. Not trusting anyone but “me, myself and I”. “Why did you rape the woman?” “I don’t know, something told me to”. A certain clergyman did it, then jumped to his death off a mountain. It was the “monster/Minotaur” in him that took over.

“Why were you attempting to commit suicide?” “I couldn’t take it anymore”

“Do you know you are addicted?” “Yes, but I can’t help myself”.

It happens when “anxiety” becomes the “X” factor. For many the minotaur is the DEVIL. “Get the cross!”, some are heard shouting in sudden outburst. The Catholic priests have been raping young boys, their minotaurs got the better of them.

The Temptation of  Saint Anthony (Dorothea Tanning) 1945

In the 1930’s and 40’s, prominent artists like SALVADOR DALI, created elaborate works, showing creatures with bodies of men, with heads of bulls, and tails of mammoth creatures. The minotaur factor had risen, Hitler, Mussolini, war, death, starvation, greed, sexual depravation.

The minotaurs in mankind seemed to be stunned gunned, since 1945. But the rumblings can be heard from afar. This is the 21st Century. There is a United Nations for heads of government, acting out their “minotaurs” as  Donald Trump is showing signs of a menacing minotaur. So is Putin, “Little Kim” of North Korea, and Maduro of Venezuela. Not to speak of the competing cities for murder capital of the world: Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles!

If you are afraid of what your inner voice is saying to you, would medical marijuana help? And what happens when you cannot get it, does the minotaur in you win?

Max Ernst, The Barbarians,1937

The Baltimore Museum of Art asks you to look at what happened in the 1930’s and 40’s, in its exhibition of MONSTERS & MYTHS, (IT CAN BE A SELF SEARCHING EXPERIENCE).