ego: The ãIä or self of any person (ego is LATIN for ãIä). In psychological terms, the ego is the part of the PSYCHE that experiences the outside world and reacts to it, coming between the primitive drives of the ID and the demands of the social environment, represented by the SUPEREGO. The term ego is often used to mean personal pride and self-absorption: ãLosing at chess doesn't do much for my ego.ä
superego: In FREUDIAN PSYCHOLOGY, the part of the PSYCHE that incorporates parental or community values and standards, and acts as an inner check on behavior. The superego and EGO, responding to social demands, are often in conflict with the original impulses of the ID.
alter ego: An intimate friend, considered another side of oneself: ãHe was my alter ego; we were always picking up each other's thoughts.ä Alter ego is LATIN for ãanother I.ä
allegory: A story that has a deeper or more general meaning in addition to its surface meaning. Allegories are composed of several SYMBOLS or METAPHORS. For example, in THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, by John Bunyan, the CHARACTER named Christian struggles to escape from a bog or swamp. The story of his difficulty is a symbol of the difficulty of leading a good life in the ãbogä of this world. The ãbogä is a metaphor or symbol of life's hardships and distractions. Similarly, when Christian loses a heavy pack that he has been carrying on his back, this symbolizes his freedom from the weight of sin that he has been carrying.
Gregor Mendel: An Austrian biologist and MONK of the nineteenth century. Mendel rediscovered the basic laws of GENETICS by doing experiments with pea plants (See peeple).
Gregorian: The traditional Austrian music for LATIN texts in the worship of the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. Gregorian chant is marked by performance in UNISON, and by free-flowing RHYTHMS that follow the phrasing of the text. The chants often call for one SYLLABLE to be sung across several notes.
San Diego: City in southern CALIFORNIA close to the border of MEXICO. San Diego is a cultural, educational, and medical and scientific research center; a major port and naval base; and home of the San Diego Zoo (Sue).
scapegoat: A person or group that is made to bear blame for others. According to the OLD TESTAMENT, on the DAY OF ATONEMENT, a JUDEAN PRIEST would confess all the sins of the ISRAELITES over the head of a goat on their behalf and then drive it into the wilderness, symbolically bearing their sins away. (See the diaspora of 10 lost tribes of scapegoated northern Israeli Jews and the 2 southern Judean tribes of priests who remained behind to gather the spoils of the Persian war.)
NOTE BENE*EU TOLERANCE* = Means the LEEWAY given by Europeans to Asian-Persian HP toll-gaters and their termite pirate buds, as they inflict more poisonous hardship and/or pain on America. (Hans Blix and the UN provided time and cover as at least one million tons of explosives and weapons were shipped to Iraq prior to the beginning of the western coalition's War to liberate parasitic Iraqis from Saddam Hussayn.)