Mental Hospital Break

High school students wander around an old, abandoned Michigan mental hospital. Because the psyche is often thought about as a structure (metaphorically), there’s something poetic and sublime about their drifting from one wrecked and abandoned room to another: 

 

The video also called to mind, for me, this passage from the gospel of Luke (11:21-26):

21When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

 22But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

 23He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

 24When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

 25And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.

 26Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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