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The 'ME' Theme Issue
by Thanos Kalamidas
2008-05-15 08:05:49
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Every time we are referring to ‘ego’ why are we all ready to throw an anathema? Every time we talk about egos why does our mind automatically go to super egos, twisted personas and personalities? Of course, Hitler, Stalin and Mao had a super-ego, but then so did Churchill, Roosevelt and de Gaulle, otherwise how could they survive the responsibilities laid upon them?

The people who have the self-confidence to explore, expose and exhibit their self and their talents in any part of life, in art, politics or science, must have a strong ego otherwise they would be lost in the crowd and with them all their creations would be lost as well. You don’t need to go far, look at Barack Obama, the man’s ego is shining from miles away and there is nothing wrong with this, after all, he’s expecting to carry the hopes, not only of a nation, but of the whole world.

If Obama didn’t have a strong ego he would never manage to be where he is. Of course and that is what makes the big difference, his ego is accompanied by talent and intelligence, something missing from another contemporary the current President of the United States, George W. Bush, who is just …ego and the rest is an empty cell!

The usual suspects have joined Asa and me in a thematic issue for the Ovi magazine with the very difficult title, ‘me’! However easy it looks when you first think about it, the theme actually becomes increasingly difficult when you try to do it. But we did it and here we are with our 21st thematic issue.

Asa gave his best …I presume to create a factional – I love using words like that in places like this – layout and it did make his life hell to find a way around …me!

Thank you all for the hard work and the ideas you shared, a big welcome to new contributors and a big thank you to our readers whose increasing numbers never stop amazing us.

Thanos Kalamidas

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I, Me, Self-Forgetfulness, Dehumanization by Emanuel L. Paparella
Who by Jan Sand
Works by photographer by Cátia Cóias
Staring into the magician’s eyes by Asa Butcher
From the Piscean Person to the Aquarian Self by Rene Wadlow
Who am I? by Asa Butcher
“Me” by Jan Sand
I, cynic by Thanos Kalamidas
Ego (In Greek) by Dimitra Karantzeni
Cogito Ergo Sum by Rene Descartes
The unbearable lightness of me by Thanos Kalamidas
Ovi Mosaic by Luis Alves
Me, a name I call myself by Asa Butcher


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The next theme is 'DRUGS' - please send any contributions to asa@ovimagazine.com by July 31st.

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Emanuel Paparella2008-05-14 13:20:29
Congratulations to the Ovi Team for the “Me” theme, which of course is not an “I” but a “we.” Indeed, as Carl Jung has well taught us, it all begins with the ego, that’s basic, but then we must learn to go beyond it to what he called “individuation” and “collective unconscious” and there discover the self. An ego unable to transcend itself and journey to the self and to community and the common good invariably leads to "self-ishness" and narcissism. He also discovered in his search for the meaning of myth in religion that all religions worthy of that name (that is to say, not caricaturized as cults or pie in the sky) propose exactly the same notion: one begins with nature (a healthy ego), because grace can only build on a healthy nature, and then paradoxically, by transcend nature we end up appreciating nature more (as a St. Francis of Assisi could) and get a glimpse of what transcends nature and what nature may indeed signify.

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