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Jekyll and Hyde – my friends!
April 11, 2010, 05:06
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I just watched a terrible movie adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde (not the one up there), with the title character played by John Hannah (he’s the Mummy funnyman Uncle John, no wonder I found him so familiar!)

There wasn’t any physical transformation from respectable, suave Jekyll to ugly Hyde in the movie, so it made Jekyll more of a poor tortured soul – his midnight excursions and unsightly behaviour wouldn’t escape the notice of upper-class folks he mingles with (because they secretly visit brothels too!) and couldn’t be blamed on some other degenerate by the name of Edward Hyde.

Still, his performance was unconvincing. There were the usual “struggling with your two sides in front of the mirror” scenes – one moment Jekyll, one moment Hyde with that funny contorted grin, one moment Jekyll again. It was quite bad.

Anyway I was reading about J/H on wiki just now and saw this interesting part:

“If someone banishes all evil to the unconscious mind in an attempt to be wholly and completely good, it can result in the development of a Mr Hyde-type aspect to that person’s character.

This failure to accept the tension of duality is related to Christian theology where Satan’s fall from Heaven is due to his refusal to accept that he is a created being (that he has a dual nature) and is not God. This is why Christianity pride (to consider oneself as without sin or without evil) is the greatest sin as it is the precursor to evil itself.”

So to all the Puritanic devotees out there who insist on being all-good and holy, embrace your evil now!

At the same time I shall be hypocritical and drop my evil (which goes by the name of Procrastination), because I’m running out of time and REALLY SHOULD BE DOING WORK instead of writing nonsense like this.


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