As he said, " I yam what I yam." I'm not sure he knew what he was, as if any of us do. He was beset by Bluto, a big hairy bully, and had the job of protecting Olive Oyl, but Popeye may not have known that his internal dark side was Bluto and his anima was Olive. I yam what I yam is pretty complicated stuff. Our nameless God says just, "I AM", and Descartes says, " I think, therefore I am." , but Popeye the sailor man is an equal challenge for us. Moreover he has to rely on strength from outside his skin because he cannot battle his big hairy bully or protect his anima without a can or two of spinach. And so do we, as we find out, usually painfully, that we need a tonic of spinach from time to time when Bluto appears or Olive is threatened, usually both. I may say, I am what I am, but wholeness is an elusive state and includes Bluto and Olive and the great I AM, Who is the giver of Spinach.
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