As Richard Nixon once said, the finest steel must first go through the hottest fire. Being deprived of a “normal” social life after one’s student days in order to enter into an ‘individuation process’ amounts to a great deal of pain and it comes with a psychological burden that is augmented by not knowing where everything is heading. Detachment from broader society and removal from the outside world in order to delve into a world of books and literature with no clear aim or purpose and with no light at the end of the tunnel would be too much to bear for any ordinary person.
Thus, the integration of the conscious and subconscious halves of the psyche which occurs as a result of such an individuation process – and one must note that this process is as painful as going through the fire which Richard Nixon alluded to –actually has an aim and a purpose, although the aim and purpose is not clear at the outset. Also, being raised in a loving family can render a person soft and gullible in the beginning. Without a shadow of a doubt, I was quite soft and gullible in my student years and up until my mid-twenties by virtue of being sheltered by my parents and by virtue of being raised with love and pampering. But entering into an ‘individuation process’ in my mid-twenties transformed much of the softness and gullibility into a kind of intellect and wit which was inborn, although it became evident and manifest only as a result of an individuation process which almost 99 percent of people never enter into.
Being set apart from the pack as a result of an individuation process which 99 percent of people never enter into is both a gift and a curse. It can bring out inborn capabilities and talents which would never come out absent of an individuation process, but the process is also the main source of loneliness and pain. But the loneliness and pain render one largely immune from the cognitive dissonance and widespread anxiety stemming from the cruelty and lovelessness that is pervasive and is evident in the words, deeds, and physiognomy of people in mainstream society.
For instance, sanctions are a manifestation of the cruelty and lovelessness which certain people are raised with in America, and some of those individuals who are raised in cruelty and lovelessness come to Washington in order to project the cruelty and lovelessness upon the rest of the world. People like myself who were raised with love and care cannot project the cruelty and lovelessness which certain people are so willing to project on the rest of the world from Washington. And even though we have gone through the fire which Nixon alluded to and have sharpened our intellect and wit by virtue of a painful individuation process, certain individuated individuals like myself refuse to engage in the cruelty and lovelessness which are so easily projected upon the rest of the world out of Washington. Thus, the eccentricity and unconventionality of this blog’s content.