Wednesday, April 13, 2011

C. G. Jung on the State

“The State is impersonal, a dark power, the power which rules the masses – and that is forever a barbarous deity. So instead of human representatives or a personal divine being, we have now the dark gods of the state – in other words, the dark gods of the collective unconscious. It is the old assembly of the gods that begins to operate again because no other principle is on top. Where there is no recognized leading principle, the collective unconscious comes up and takes the lead. If our Weltanschauung is no longer in existence or is insufficient, the collective unconscious interferes. Wherever we fail in our adaptation, where we have no leading idea, the collective unconscious comes in, and in the form of the olds gods. There the old gods break into our existence; the old instincts begin to rage again.”

[…] “The old gods are coming to life again in a time when they should have been superseded long ago, and nobody can see it.”

*** ‘Nietzsche’s Zarathustra’, C.G. Jung, Notes on the Seminar Given in 1934-1939, Volume 2, p.1517-1518

[…] “And now, in the moment when the dogmatic ideas are discarded, they suddenly reappear in a psychological attitude. That is the tragedy of our time. Whatever was a creed in the Middle Ages, whatever ideal people kept before their eyes, was lost, and it is now in the flesh. So we see a whole nation really becoming Christian in a way, but without the idea of Christianity – with even an anti-Christian idea. […] The Christian imagery is abolished, yet the psychological fact of Christianity remains. It is as if that child had been beheaded; as long as he had a head he was human, but now he has no head. There is simply the body of the child with all its strength, doing just what it was doing before but with no head, with no understanding of what it is doing.“

*** ‘Nietzsche’s Zarathustra’, C.G. Jung, Notes on the Seminar Given in 1934-1939, Volume 2, p.1515-1516

My comments:

He is referring to Nazi Germany in 1939 but elsewhere he says that this is happening everywhere else (implying everywhere in the West).

Christianity without a head: examples are Marxism, Leninism, Communism, Fascism, National Socialism, Secular Humanism, Liberalism, and Conservatism that emphasizes ‘economic man’.

No understanding of what it is doing: Modernism consciously reviles Christianity while it unconsciously acts out a Christianity that has fallen under the influence of the Western collective shadow. Modernism consciously reviles Christianity leaving it headless. The body falls into the Western collective shadow which is polluted (intermixed) with the collective unconscious (the old gods).

Christian Oecumene: a term originally adopted within Christianity, where it has been suggested there is a single believing community amongst the various different Christian denominations, particularly between the Roman Catholic Church and the denominations which arose by the Great Schism of 1054 and from the European Reformation.

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