Part three of exegesis of Morris Berman’s Wandering God with Tim K.
Part One: Security Blankets & Transitional Objects (0 – 35 mins)
Bent souls, primal loss of unity, the strangeness of being alive, Camus & Sartre, Crime & Punishment, the meaningless pressure of objects, defining nausea, separation & autonomy, horizontal vs vertical, the effect of breast-feeding, denied the natural transitional object, the trauma of circumcision, a warm healthy family, romancing alcoholism, security blankets & transitional objects, the primacy of the mother in child-rearing, John Bowlby’s monotropy, multiple parents & extended family, father as bridge to world, dissolving the psychic bond to the mother.
Part Two: Buried Treasure (35 mins – 1 hr 15 mins)
Jasun’s father, remembering infancy, Tim’s buried treasure, somatic attention, visual vs. tactile, the cognitive homunculus, emotional caregiving, a difficulty with physical contact, unwanted children, a lost soul, Japanese society & Western society, the soul of a three-year-old, maternal impositions, Japanese child-rearing, free range children, trying to get away, hierarchical society & rearing towards independence, hardship for character building, brutality & independence, the abomination of Shane, the solar hero, the Man with No Name, The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, the journey of integration, A Fistful of Dollars, the no-identity self.
Part Three: Spacing Children (1 hr 15 mins – 1 hr 51 mins)
The paragon of the hero, the virtue of the anti-hero, when it comes to the crunch, too many attachment figures, narcissism begins at home, child reared by village, dealing with a predator in the midst, from child raising to child raping, the essentiality of infanticide, the creation of high-strung adults, object relations, endless domination, spacing children, a people in movement, frenetic sedentary life, organization in motion, disaster films, orphanages and predation, the urge to transcendence, wandering Jews, the nation of the Jews, no sense of an afterlife, modernity & the holocaust.
Part Four: The Balancing of the Poles (1 hr 51 mins – end)
Heroes possessed by mother’s psyche, a deprivation of pleasure, a bitter culture of narcissism, violent quests for identity, trying to get back to oneness with mother, a sex-obsessed father, bondage, a world before Freud, power dynamics in bed & unhealthy maternal attachment, transgression, male & female child response to mother-complex, the second womb of alcohol, occultism & renunciation of the body, escaping feelings, the angst of being Jake, dis-empowerment of women, women’s disproportionate influence, males vs. female power, diffusion of sex-distinctions in hunter-gatherer society, gender-identification, the cooperative aspect, dyad before polarity, real men don’t bond, the Goddess hooplah.
Dark Ages America (Morris Berman’s site).
Podcast art by Martin Jolly