“Demons” Philip Chang, Chicago
There’s a Tennessee Williams quote I rely on, and no, it’s not the one about strangers and gratitude. In 1973, Williams was interviewed by Playboy magazine, where he was quoted saying, “Kill all of my demons, and my angels might die too.”
It was a hat tip to psychiatrist Carl Jung, who noted where there’s light, there’s shadow. We each have a hellish side with the power to turn us into the monsters we are trying to defeat, or to become a force for self-improvement. It’s a theme repeated in literature (Paradise Lost), cinema (Watchmen), and religion (take your pick).
So the decision in front of us is to overcome our personal anxieties or to ignore them. As a publicist, I’ve noticed those who refuse to see their shadow find it hard to realize how they project their dark side onto others, and the consequences of their actions. Then, all hell breaks loose. These are not bad people. Who they are is unaware. In seeking order, we have a way of letting chaos get the upper hand.
I once admitted to a young woman a fear of mine, that in advancing my career, I’d lose my ability to connect with humanity. I never heard from her again. And I now realize the opposite is true. Angels and demons; the presence of potential and the possibility of loss are forces that exist to score the significance of both.
Philip S. Chang
Partner and Co-Founder
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