365 T-shirts - the reasoning

This blog should be sub-titled: a journal of my life in geek.

I get my geek on with things about which I am geeky: comic books, Baseball, Ultimate, science fiction, my favorite bands, books I have read and loved, and Jungian psychology to name some of the most frequently traversed subjects.

I began this project simply as a way to count my T-shirts. I own a lot of T-shirts. But how many do I have? Do I have 365? We shall find out.

When I started this blog, I thought about how each T-shirt means something to me. I bought it for a reason, after all. I set myself the task to post an entry about a new T-shirt every day as a way to simply write something every day, a warm up for writing fiction, which is my passion. Writing is like exercise. Warm ups are good for exercise. But after completing a month of blogging about T-shirts, I have learned that this blog serves as a journal; it documents my life in geek, sort of a tour of my interests in pop culture. The blog serves as a tool for self-inventory, for assessment and analysis of self and the origins of self, for stepping through the process of individuation in catalogues, lists, and ranks.

The blog also made me aware that I have some serious gaps in my T-shirt ownership, and I am in the process of collecting some new T-shirts for several of the great popular culture icons that I truly love. Stay tuned.

I was also a bit surprised that people checked out my blog and continue to check it, read it, and even comment on it. I am very appreciative of this readership. Please feel free to share your thoughts in my comments section. I will respond.

Also, please note that I have moved the original introductory text to the side bar. And now, I present to you the most recent entry of 365 T-shirts: a journal of my life in geek. Thank you for reading.
(Second Update - 1310.24. First Update - 1306.05 Originally Posted - 1304.25.)

Friday, May 10, 2013

T-shirt #50 - Star Wars: The Rebel Alliance

T-shirt #50 - "That's no moon..."

A friend recently reminded me of that excellent quote from Star Wars in regards to the Death Star, which at first is mistaken for a moon.

Thinking of this moment in the film makes me want to watch Star Wars again.

And in a way, I have been. Studying it, actually.

I am teaching a mythology course right now, and in last night's subject matter, we were focused on heroes and the hero cycle, connecting to the excellent mythological analysis of Joseph Campbell and the great book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. These two subjects are linked. Star Wars makes for a great example of the great mythological hero saga.

I first discovered The Hero with a Thousand Faces in one my first college courses, a religion class, at Kalamazoo College. This is where I was introduced to the ideology of Carl Jung. I learned about archetypes, like the shadow, and animus and anima. I learned about the process of individuation. But most of all, I learned about the Collective Unconscious.

I did not make the connection at the time between Jung's Collective Unconscious and the Force from Star Wars. I am not sure when this came together for me. But now the documentation can be found on You Tube. Lucas clearly was attuned to the same material. If Jung were alive today, he would see the direct parallels between the Force and his idea of the Collective Unconscious.

We're all connected. Everything is connected.

It's important for me to remember the Force today, to remember that we're all connected, because I am still not feeling very well. There's your newsy journal update for the day. But no details. They're unpleasant.
Instead enjoy this great song (if you like ambient, floaty, electronic), and remember: "we are all connected, everything, every energy, every being is all connected."

- chris tower - 1305.10 - 18:32

Magic Sound Fabric - We Are All Connected