Art and mythology are the most potent elixirs of truth. They bypass the filters of Logos and words to reach us directly. They can use words as an artist uses paint, but the words are not the message – only the medium – Logos in service to Eros. It’s the gig of Logos to serve the bigger picture.
We are witnessing more and more art as we evolve. There are more channels of unique and provocative art. Important and life-changing art is available to millions, when such art was not even imaginable in mainstream culture a few decades ago.
A great example is the series, The OA, on Netflix. It is a deeply metaphysical and emotional series. And it certainly expresses Jungian themes and ideas as set out in this excellent commentary from Psyche and Cinema. Check out all the videos on this site, discussing depth psychology and the movies. I wish there were a lot more movies discussed so intelligently, and revealingly.
The OA series centers around a woman, played by Brit Marling, also co-creator and writer of the show. She is remarkable and clearly in synch with the material. Marling was a co-star in I Origins, which I loved and briefly alluded to here.
The series begins with Marling’s character, Prairie, dramatically returning to her parents from a kidnapping and imprisonment, after seven years. Her metaphysical journey there with her fellow captives unfolds slowly as she tells the story to a ragtag (in the best sense of the word) group of high school kids and an older teacher. Everyone is to become part of the story and not simply a passive listener.
The OA is multi-layered and the Jungian concept of individuation is front and center, as well as an allegory of our physical lives within a much larger existence. Deep and metaphysical, with fascinating characters who you can really identify with and appreciate – what more could you ask for?
The show explores my thesis regarding Eros and Logos. A main character, Hap, is essentially consumed with Logos, yet he is desperate to find that which lies beyond the world of Logos – beyond this physical world. He cannot give up on Logos as his only method of discovery. In his desperation, he is a tragic and dangerous figure in this conflict within himself, which he projects outward to the world.
I’ve not yet seen the full series – I don’t want it to end too soon.
The first season of eight episodes is complete and available on Netflix. There is a second season that is now in production.