The Gestalt's Garden

Kill the dragon

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One of the oldest known texts is the Enûma Elish. It is a Babylonian creation myth that pits Marduk, defender of the gods, against Tiamat, a dragon-like beast, mother of monsters, who is determined to destroy the gods. It describes an epic battle to the death between good and evil, order and chaos. Marduk defeats Tiamat, proceeds to dismember his body and uses the pieces as pillars of creation. The ribs become the sky, the mouth the sea. Although it’s a little gory, it’s a powerful metaphor for how we can deconstruct our challenges and use them to our advantage.

—Ryder Carroll in “The Bullet Journal Method.”

The chapter “Deconstruction” of the book “The Bullet Journal Method” has impacted me.

There are extreme situations where it is necessary to “kill the dragon”: destroy, dismember and deconstruct our current life into pieces. Because the process of recontextualizing and reusing those pieces is what will allow us to rebuild a new life.

A creative destruction.

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