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[8/12] SHAME AND EPIGENETICS (Season 1 Recap)
📖 Professor Zemunke is deep in shame over his son's behaviour. 🎤 Jean Marie helps us understand shame from a genetic prespetive (FASCINATING EPISODE) 🧐 Omar and Paul reflect on all this.
Welcome to our Sunday digest!
If you have just joined us, we are doing a 12-week recap of Season 1 of the Gumpcast.
Meanwhile, Omar is finishing the novel in Lamu, Kenya and we will be posting his docuseries The Lamu Diaries every Saturday. Watch his latest adventure here and be sure to vote!
This digest’s theme is critical to our development as human beings.
*Gulp* Shame…here we go!
We love you guys, thanks for supporting us, and take it easy folks.
Remember that thing you don’t want anyone to know about you from last Sunday’s Shadow email?
Underneath that secret, you protect so dearly, lies the shame that is gnawing at your soul. Time to release that shit!
You may not want to bring this one to the cocktail party, but here we go…
Below you will find the following:
LISTEN 🎤 S1EP08: SLAY THE DRAGON (AND FIND YOUR PATH) with Jean Marie Stragios 🇬🇷 🇫🇷
++ Paul’s Listener’s Reflection on the episode.
REFLECT 🧐 SHAME | Writer’s Commentary by Omar
📖 CHAPTER 8: AN UNWELCOME VISITOR
Maskat’s Fiqh teacher pays his parents a visit and updates them about their son’s behavior. Professor Zemunke can’t handle the information.
#Protip: Continue reading the book on this link or by clicking next at the end of each chapter.
🎤 S1EP08: SLAY THE DRAGON (AND FIND YOUR PATH) with Jean Marie Stragios 🇬🇷 🇫🇷
This episode is quite powerful.
Every hero’s journey has a dragon. Have you met yours yet? Sometimes our dragons do not appear in places we expect. How about our own genomes?
In this episode we are joined by Jean Marie Stratigos, PhD. Jean Marie is a Social Anthropologist and until very recently has worked for the UN as a humanitarian officer.
In this episode we cover:
Jean Marie’s foray into the world of Etioanalysis.
We traverse the topic of generational trauma and epigenetics
And we touch upon an untouchable topic: our own shame
This is the dragon in every hero’s journey. Spoiler alert: That Dragon is You.
🧐 Listener’s Commentary by Paul Kist
And yes, traumas come in various shapes and sizes. So how can we compare someone who’s father was busy at work with someone who got orphaned or raped at a young age? The answer is we don’t.
We call people with deep, large and unresolved traumas, mentally ill aka batshit crazy. But the crazy thing is that we all have these wounds within us in varying degrees. The good news is that these wounds are not necessarily scars. However, identifying them and being aware of them is a challenge.
🧐 Writer’s Commentary | Shame by Omar Shaker
Behind the Egos/personas we present to the universe, lies a deeper darker side. And, yes, even you have one. We seldomly think of this darker side as ourselves, and we try our best to disown them. What happens to most of us, is that this shadow rises from our subconscious in times where we do not expect it to.
That’s the anger fit you got into with your spouse, the manipulation you did of your coworkers to get your way, and the snarky joke that you made at someone to get a laugh from your friends.
Let me tell you first that the shadow is not necessarily “bad”. It sounds dark yes, but if you really look at its behaviour: It generally wants what is good for you. It might just want your voice to be heard, or to feel close to others, or to gain more wealth and freedom. Whatever it does, there is a good intention there for you.
See you next Sunday for Digest #9, and don’t miss Omar’s video next Saturday!
Have a great week,
The Gumption Squad