I wonder which comes first, though I’m pretty sure the relationship between the four is as inextricable as the relationship between the chicken and the egg. Are you a badass because you have done badass things? Or did you follow badass impulses because your personal mythology is founded on the badass identity?
Does the self-taught mythology of being broken create the behaviors that follow? Or is the broken identity the true one and the impulses that follow the natural consequence? Is it possible to alter desire, identity, and impulse by evolving the mythology? Is it even possible to change if the stories we tell ourselves about identity don’t shift first?
This is a train of thought without tracks: no particular direction and no clear conclusion. Just something that I was thinking about today.
Of course, I had to jump onto Amazon and buy books by Jung as a result of all of this navel gazing. We’ll see what Uncle Carl has to tell me.