Saturday, August 30

Reflections that matter

By now, the regular readers of this page should know that there are reasons behind the selected quotations that are posted on this weblog. First and foremost, I like to share what I think is important, worthy of attention, and of interest to an inquiring mind.
Secondly, I believe that by reading a quotation, the interested individual will be able to reflect upon the content and if what is understood is worthy of further discovery, then that individual will have found something for themselves. And thirdly, it is a good thing to circulate good words around.
The followings are two selections from Memories, Dreams, Reflections, C.G. Jung, recorded and edited by Aniela Jaffe; Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston.

“Today we need psychology for reasons that involve our very existence. We stand perplexed and stupefied before the phenomenon of Nazism and Bolshevism because we know nothing about man, or at any rate have only a lopsided and distorted picture of him. If we had self-knowledge, that would not be the case. We stand face to face with the terrible question of evil and do not even know what is before us, let alone what to pit against it…” (Memories, Dream, Reflections: Late Thought, 331).
The secret society is an intermediary stage on the way to individuation. The individual is still relying on a collective organization to effect his differentiation for him; that is, he has not yet recognized that it is really the individual’s task to differentiate himself from all the others and stand on his own feet. All collective identities, such as membership in organizations, support of “isms,” and so on, interfere with the fulfillment of this task. Such collective identities are crutches for the lame, shields for the timid, beds for the lazy, nurseries for the irresponsible; but they are equally shelters for the poor and weak, a home port for the shipwrecked, the bosom of a family for orphans, a land of promise for disillusioned vagrants and weary pilgrims, a herd and a safe fold for lost sheep, and a mother providing nourishment and growth…” (Late Thought, 343).

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