ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ

Jim Morrison’s father, the late United States Navy rear-admiral George Stephen Morrison, placed a marker on his son’s grave at the Père Lachaise Cemetery which bears the Greek inscription ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ, translated as “true to his own spirit”.

If you know even the slightest details about the life, music and poetry of the Doors lead singer Jim Morrison you understand and appreciate that he lived his life, though reckless as it might have been, “true to his own spirit”. The image he left us with in 1971 is of a young, beautiful and mysterious genius who physically vanished from this earth at the age of 27 while leaving a timeless legacy of music and words for us to savor 45 years later. If Morrison were alive today he would be 72 years old. Can you imagine this myth, this legend as an old man singing “come on baby light my fire” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas? Me neither.

Morrison’s path and journey were his own. The times, the environment and experiences were unique to him and him alone. As Neil Young sang in “My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)” Jim Morrison epitomized the line “It’s better to burn out than it is to rust”. This was his “true to his own spirit” life which some will admire and others will scorn, but who are we to judge.

I work every day to correct my course, my “true to his own spirit” direction. I remind myself that the life I have, the one life I have been offered is right here with moments behind me and moments ahead of me. Being true to my spirit seems pretty dull at times and very dull most of the time. It requires the mundane, emptying the dishwasher, folding clothes and mowing the grass. But it also includes the extraordinary, watching the birth of my children. Seeing them grow from helpless creatures that just seemed to poop, throw-up, eat and repeat to smart, loving and caring adults receiving advanced degrees, working, marrying, and maybe one day having children of their own. If I am true to my own spirit I wipe noses and butts, I read “Goodnight Moon” ten thousand times, I stay up until 2 am waiting to see headlights in the driveway, I write college tuition checks and I walk daughters down the aisle.

Being true to your own spirit may not get you a record deal, or even a vacation home on the lake. Fame and fortune will elude the vast majority of us but I wouldn’t trade my true self for either. The rewards are simple, you get to live your dull boring life on your own terms, terms that include living with people you love and care for because their existence is the reason most of our spirits exist in the first place.

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” –  Carl Jung

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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17 Responses to ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ

  1. Pazlo says:

    Ironically, one of the Doors’ biggest hits “Light My Fire” was not written by Morrison, as far as I know.
    I think there’s a fine line between “true to one’s spirit” and reckless anarchy.
    Fear not, it sounds like you personally do not fall to the reckless anarchy side of the scale.
    Thanks for writing.

    Seek peace,

    Paz

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    • Actually the Doors did write “Light My Fire”. Interestingly, or maybe not, unlike other groups Morrison insisted that all song writing credits be shared by the entire band so all songs are written by “The Doors”.

      If “reckless anarchy” is your spirit path who are we to judge provided, and here is the big BUT, your destructive path doesn’t destruct the spirits or lives of others along the way.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts. Peace 2u

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  2. I totally agree, I have had good times and bad, but I would not trade all of that and what will be for anything in the world, really enjoyed the post.
    Brooke

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  3. Great post, the Doors are one of my favourite groups…loved “Riders on the storm” Morrison was the poet while Manzarek was the musician, but both were true to their spirit. I wanted to be so many things when I was younger, but when my kids were born I became a mother first and foremost. Yet somewhere inside I hope I’ve remained true…great post, thank you x

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  4. Advanced Research Technology says:

    It’s a trippy thought, but think of all the dull, boring lives out there just doing their own thing. It has got to be for some reason beyond mere existence.
    Being true to one’s own spirit might be our duty to overall consciousness. If we aren’t here representing our little piece of the big picture, who is?

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  5. Patty says:

    Isn’t the ‘trick’ to not look at the dull moments, dull activities, dull lives as dull? Are they really dull,boring? Or are they dull and boring, because we made them dull/boring in our heads?

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