“Stay Dangerous” - YG |
So lately I’ve been digging into some work presented by a famous Swiss psychologist/author of the early 1900s, Carl Jung and there’s this pretty interest concept that caught my attention: Integration of the “Shadow.” •
Jung’s view of morality seems to deviate from the traditional sense in that its existence stems from the acceptance of our internal malevolence (the “shadow”) with the conscious choice to not externalize it. In other words: everyone has malevolence or evil in them. However, one who is moral is one who is capable, one who embraces their darkness as existing and part of their being, but chooses to not manifest it. And one who is incapable of maliciousness and denies their darkness is not necessarily moral, but rather naive and vulnerable. It’s a kinda dark perspective if you think about it. But interesting. •
Jordan Peterson (modern psychologist/author) makes an analogy to this idea of the “Shadow” comparing it to martial arts. He explains that while martial artists avoid having to fight in any instance of conflict, they are confident in their ability and are capable of doing so when/if necessary. In many cases, that confident persona alone prevents conflict from escalating further. Being timid and harmless doesn’t make you necessarily moral, it just makes you more subject to oppression. I think that’s what YG meant.. “Stay Dangerous” so no one can fuck with you! but a disciplined dangerous lol keep it bool, ya feel me? hahah okay anyways...
Coherently, the principle emphasizes that the acceptance and integration of the Shadow allows one to become more in touch with the wholeness of one’s self. It suggests that being wholesome is superior to being all “good.” Living this way gives us more control over our Shadow, rather than allowing it to manifesting in an unpredictable manner(which can be dangerous).“Taming the beast” I guess you can say. It suggests that in order to be able to deal with malevolence, darkness, negativity, etc. we must be in touch with our own and integrate it as part of our psyche.
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