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What the ‘these narratives’ stands for?


The passage below is from Fathoms: The World in the Whale Hardcover by Rebecca Giggs.


The idea that the unconscious can be envisaged as a sea has its own history. It owes its existence to narratives about what the ocean represents in the western tradition and the twentieth century, narratives addressing how human mentality functions, and whether or not an individual’s sense of self, separate from their community, is even interesting to plumb (or decorous to expose). It is a trope composed in art, worship, literature. How does a space as boundless and ungraspable as ‘the sea’ come to seem personal and intimate? It took a long time before I came to realise that the processes by which the sea was turned into a metaphor for a person’s unconscious were neither natural nor private. I belong to these narratives—maybe you do, too. I pickup whatever thing a dream washes onto my shoreline and turn it over to look, hoping for the shimmery incandescence of pearlshell, and fearing instead the exposure of a writhing, unspeakable underside; an impulse unmentionable.


In the passage above what ‘these narratives’ stands for?


Does it refer to the author’s realization ‘that processes... were neither natural nor private’? (Am I right?)


Since she’s in that side of narratives, does she fear that what she picks up in her dream would expose her impulse unmentionable? (Am I right?)


Thanks in advance.


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Stenka25In the passage above what ‘these narratives’ stands for?

Presumably it refers back to the "narratives" mentioned at the start of the passage:

It owes its existence to narratives about what the ocean represents in the western tradition and the twentieth century, narratives addressing how human mentality functions ...

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Stenka25What the ‘these narratives’ stands for?

What does "these narratives" stand for?

Modern people do not think in terms of truth or reality. There is no objective truth about anything now, there are only "narratives", the stories we tell each other. When we believe them, they become true. Belief is all. The human mind has the power to shape the universe. Science is dead. The New Dark Ages are upon us.

Your answer to my question is to the point and thank you.

But I’m still in the dark on this paragraph.

Your answer gives me another chain question on this passage.

(Thank you for this, too)

I think I should post another thread on that question.

Anyhow, thank you as always, GPY.

Right, anonymous. I agree with you seeing this age as the New Dark Ages.

You said we lose the ability to think in terms of truth or reality. Right.

And you said now is the time that we don’t have value but only "narratives". You’re right.

Here you shows a bit anger on the "narratives". Am I right in reading your implication?

If it’s right, I want to tell you that "narratives" are not to blame. It’s just that some people makes "narratives" based on nothing true or real. Even more, not a few makes their "n-s" on hatred and prejudices. (It cannot be called "narratives".) Come to think of it, it comes around to your first statement of value in terms of truth or reality.

Thank you as always, anonymous.

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Stenka25Here you shows a bit anger on the "narratives". Am I right in reading your implication?

I was holding back. The movie Idiocracy pretty much sums up my position. It's funny, too.

But let's stick to the English of it.

I'll check Idiocracy out. Thanks. And yes, let's stick to the English.