Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lost then Found

It was heartening to see a "found" notice and not a "lost". It's not unusual to see notes on trees, lamp posts and street furniture in the neighbourhood. In this way, people in the neighbourhood take possession of the immediate environment. Technically, I think there is a pettifogging law against these small community efforts, but trees and the like should not be regarded as the possessions of city planners, but of the people who live in the area. The symbolism of cats would fill a hundred blogs and they are regarded differently in many cultures. In Buddhist terms, only cats and snakes were unmoved at the death of the Buddha - so they can be regarded as negative symbols - but others argue that this means they have wisdom beyond other animals. Certainly this cat has found a good billet! And it is both lost and found at the same time. Are we in the same position when we feel lost? How do we find ourselves? Winnicott might have argued that that we are seeking our true selves in opposition to a kind of false self which has been fashioned over the years. A mother's adaptation to the world may not have been as good as is required and this interferes with the capacity for her infant's symbol-usage. It fails to start or is distorted. The child withdraws from any advantages it may have gained. Of course the infant lives on but - even under protest - falsely. You can probably see this in life when a very successful person constantly feels themselves to be "phony". So going into psychoanalysis can be an acknowledgement that we are in the process of being both lost and found at the same time.