Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Words of wisdom from an old master (C. G. Jung: Man and His Symbols)

"The communist world, it may be noted, has one big myth (which we call an illusion, in the vain hope that our superior judgment will make it disappear). It is the time-hallowed archetypal dream of Golden Age (or Paradise) where everything is provided in abundance for everyone, and a great, just and wise chief rules over the human kindergarten. This powerful archetype in its infantile form has gripped them, but it will never disappear from the world at the mere sight of our superior points of view. We even support it by our own childishness, for our Western civilisation is in the grip of the same mythology. Unconsciously, we cherish the same prejudices, hopes, and expectations. We too believe in the welfare state, in universal peace, in the equality of man, in his eternal human rights, in justice, truth, and (do not say it too loudly) in the Kingdom of God on Earth.


"The sad truth is that man's real life consists of a complex and inexorable opposites - day and night, birth and death, happiness and misery, good and evil. We are not even sure that one will prevail against the other, that good will overcome evil, or joy defeat pain. Life is a battleground. It always has been, and always will be; and if it were not so, existence would come to an end." (p.73)

1 comment:

  1. "The communist world ... has one big myth ...the time-hallowed archetypal dream of a Golden Age". Perhaps most people everywhere believe in the possibility. The problem arises when we try to materialize a symbol into a living and breathing social order. And, yet, we surely must try while knowing that absolute equality is not possible - and even the mantra I once literally believed; "From everyone according to her ability and to everyone according to her need". I was more simple-minded then than i am now. Our needs have capacity to expand exponentially, given half a chance, and not everyone can be persuaded to contribute to the collective to the extent that she might - if anyone could determine what extent of effort that would look like. Perhaps it's human nature to want more than we are willing to give.
    "But, deep inside remains the dream".

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