I, too, was captivated by Battlestar Gallactica and at the same time found it one of the most difficult shows I’ve ever “had” to watch. For me, it was the quintessential shadow drama, each character offering a different dimension of the personal interior we all possess…the passion, dedication and possibilities for cruelty that lie within. Earlier this year before she passed away, my spiritual teacher said we are in a time where we must integrate our negativity -- where that which is negative is not just simply killed but dismantled in a particular way where the valuable components can then reform with the other aspects of our inner psyche to create something more empowered and up to great challenges -- Battlestar was a story about this very development and rather than the happy ending of the myths of our past, there was simply another challenging beginning. After all it was no mean feat for all those characters to walk off at the end of the last show to forge new beginnings on a planet offering little more than potential.
Another thing that caught me up about the show was how the line between good a bad was often blurred almost out of recognition, giving insight into the complexity of real transformation. It was never a case of the bad guys losing and the good guys winning, the light over the dark. Everyone had to change, give up strong beliefs and attitudes, and face things in themselves they would have never known existed without the circumstances they encountered. Being a transpersonal psychologist, I also appreciated that rather than portraying a kind of buildup to an ultimate battle, this series was more about cyclical processes full of breakings, reforming and refining, piece upon piece -- more authentic to the complexity of our inner development as well as the challenges that face us in our outer lives.
I am a total outer space show devotee…:) And I couldn’t help but notice the sharp contrast in style of, for example, Star Trek, TNG and Battlestar. Where Star Trek was so much more gentle in offering its thoughts for the type of human we might become, Battlestar was constantly in our faces, expressing a desperate urgency that reflects the times we live in today and deftly took us into the deep struggles necessary to get to that which Star Trek promised.
The questions about home reflected in the show are compelling: “Where is home? Is “home” truly what we think it is? What does it take to get there? And when we do arrive, what is required to live into the essence of it? Since moving to Thailand, I’ve reflected often about the nature of this concept of home, both in the inner and outer. While the concept of home might offer a comfort and continuity, it also can be an agent of separation. I think we’re all going to have to shift our sense of home in an expansive way, stepping out of the familiar, out of that sort of sense of home as “mine” to embrace home as a place where even strangers are included and honored.
Thank you for all you do. Every SOF presentation is a treasure.My image: a peek at the gentle Thai life.
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