Saturday, 21 April 2018

C.G. Jung´s apocalyptic visions at the end of his life

Carl Jung: "The world hangs on a thin thread...."

Video of Carl Jung's famous statement:

"The world hangs by a thin thread, and that thread is the psyche of man.... Nowadays, we are not threatened by elemental catastrophes.... WE are the great danger. The psyche is the great danger. What if something goes wrong with the psyche? And so it is demonstrated in our day what the power of the psyche is, how important it is to know something about it. But we know nothing." (From "A Matter of Heart")

[Note: when Jung says here, "Nowadays we are not threatened by elemental catastrophes...." he means that the greatest threats facing us are all human-caused (e.g., in his time, nuclear war; and now additionally climate change, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, and other environmental catastrophes), and thus that the greatest threats facing us are at their root problems of HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY.]

1 comment:

  1. I think you have arrived at the nub of it, and so it becomes a legit question to ask how much of one's personal health and sanity one should appropriately donate to the task of informing others of our predicament. I will confess that it is slowly turning the remainder of my life here to some sort of conscious penance/orgy in any given moment. The ethics of enjoying the pleasures this world allows whilst knowing our species-level psychosis is responsible for extinguishing it all in the near term future are beyond me and so I am left with the vague guilt and closeted gluttony. Be well brother.