Forgive me for saying this is precisely why I love the symbolism of this 'cold' reptile. They exact just the right amount of pressure from their coils to suffocate prey, they need no more than a bite (concerning our venomous fiends) to deter an enemy. For my anti-archon philosophy, the snake hisses:
"Sic semper tyrannis!"
Whats more, snakes practice avoidance. They do not attack anyone outright. They attack their food and are satiated. Snakes will not attack unless startled or injured. They otherwise try to leave if agitated. This is a great philosophy.
Its interesting to note that snakes are really only 'evil' in the Christian sense of the term. They are definite adversaries! But they are never taken so far anywhere else. Take to Mucalinda, the snake who sheltered Buddha from the elements after reaching his enlightenment. Mucalinda is considered a Naga in the eastern faiths and it reveals a natural communion if you will, between the spirit of humans and nature. It naturally opposes the Christian hostility that we have grown accustomed to.
"The heavens darkened for seven days and a prodigious rain descended. However; the mighty king serpent, Mucalinda, came from beneath the earth and protected with his hood the one who is source of all protection. When the storm cleared, the king of serpents assumed his human form, bowed before Buddha and returned in joy to his palace."
Let me further indulge Jungian archetype. Chthonic is the nature within, the earthly impulse of self. Envy, deceit, lust, vice, pride; these are called negative and 'dark' aspects of the unconscious. When we look towards these slanders we realize that pride is love of self, lust is love of others, vice is love of the world and its mechanisms, sensuality is a love of disregard, envy is a product of love of others greatness. How can I express enough that these vices, these 'sins' are our animus! These sins are a measure of how 'good' we are. If we assume there is any bad or good, we assume they exist to measure each other. I propose that things aren't intrinsically good or evil, they merely are self-apparent. Because they are observable and we can learn from them, then if we place any value on anything - it is all good. However; this is hardly a new thought. Reference Baruch Spinoza. (I disagree with inferred points about state.)
Serpents are natural entities of chthonic mythos, they creep. I identify with this archetype so profoundly that I find it hard when people view me as cold. Far from it, indeed every act I do is so precise and exacting by nature - it cannot be helped that my emotions have infused the very substance of my doings. Unless I'm comfortable with you I do not readily change my tone of voice or manner of expression. Behind the silver tongue and behind the airy thought processes I spit there lurks beneath me the earth.
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