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In this issue:

Alarming Rise in Hate Crimes

Wave of Murders of Homeless Are A Warning Sign

Bumfights: An Incitement to Hate Crimes

Hate, Violence and Death on Main Street USA

Brazil Murders of Homeless Go Unsolved

Social Security Is NOT in Crisis

Time for Health Care for All

Cindy Sheehan's Unanswerable Question

Lawsuit Against California Hotel

Tribute to the Love Lotus Gave

A Mother's Plea for Homeless Son

Poor Leonard's Almanack: Carl G. Jung

Sept. Poetry of the Streets


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Poor Leonard's Almanack

by Leonard Roy Frank
Street Spirit, September 2005

THE WORLD OF CARL G. JUNG

Carl G. Jung (1875-1961), a Swiss psychiatrist, founded analytic psychology, a method of psychotherapy. An early follower of Sigmund Freud, he broke with the founder of psychoanalysis in 1912 over personal and ideological differences (Freud believed that sexual repression was the main cause of psychological problems, while for Jung the culprit was spiritual repression). Jung made vital contributions to our understanding of the psyche, dreams, mythology, religion, and the forces which separate us from one another and from our deeper selves. For Jung, the purpose of life was to embrace one's own unique individuality and to become fully oneself, an integrated whole. The introspective process for achieving this goal he called individuation.

1. I feel it is the duty of one who goes his own way to inform society of what he finds on his voyage of discovery. ("On the Psychology of the Unconscious," 1917)

2. Where love reigns, there is no will to power; and where the will to power is paramount, love is lacking. The one is but the shadow of the other. ("On the Psychology of the Unconscious," 1917)

3. Fanaticism is always a compensation for hidden doubt. ("Analytical Psychology and Education," 1924)

4. We are conditioned not only by the past, but by the future, which is sketched out in us long beforehand and gradually evolves out of us. ("Analytical Psychology and Education," 1924)

5. No one can make history who is not willing to risk everything for it, to carry the experiment with his own life through to the bitter end, and to declare that his life is not a continuation of the past but a new beginning. ("Woman in Europe," 1927)

6. Without freedom there can be no morality. ("The Relations Between the Ego and the Unconscious," 1928)

7. Conscious and unconscious are not necessarily in opposition to one another, but complement one another to form a totality, which is the self. ("The Relations Between the Ego and the Unconscious," 1928)

8. It is not altogether inconvenient to renounce one's own meaning. Had Jesus done so, he would probably have become a respectable carpenter and not a religious rebel to whom the same thing would naturally happen today as happened then. (Commentary to "The Secret of the Golden Flower," 1929)

9. Whereas I formerly believed it to be my bounden duty to call other persons to order, I now admit that I need calling to order myself. (Modern Man in Search of a Soul, 1933)

10. Within each one of us there is another whom we do not know. He speaks to us in dreams and tells us how differently he sees us from how we see ourselves. When, therefore, we find ourselves in a difficult situation, to which there is no solution, he can sometimes kindle a light that radically alters our attitude, the very attitude that led us into the difficult situation. ("The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man," 1933)

11. The descent into the depths always seems to precede the ascent. ("Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious," 1934)

12. To ask the right question is already half the solution of a problem. ("Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious," 1934)

13. A more or less superficial layer of the unconscious is undoubtedly personal. I call it the personal unconscious. But this personal unconscious rests upon a deeper layer, which does not derive from personal experience and is not a personal acquisition but is inborn. The deeper layer I call the collective unconscious. I have chosen the term "collective" because this part of the unconscious is not individual but universal; in contrast to the personal psyche, it has contents and modes of behavior that are more or less the same everywhere and in all individuals. ("Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious," 1934)

14. The inner voice is at once our greatest danger and an indispensable help. ("Development of Personality," 1934)

15. If there is anything that we wish to change in our children, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves. ("The Development of Personality," 1934)

16. The dream does not conceal; we simply do not understand its language. (Analytical Psychology: Its Theory and Practice, 1935)

17. [In] the Christian reformation of the Jewish concept of the Deity, the morally ambiguous Yahweh became an exclusively good God, while everything evil was united in the devil.... The moral splitting of the divinity into two halves. ("Psychological Aspects of the Mother Archetype," 1938)

18. Conscience, and particularly a bad conscience, can be a gift from heaven, a veritable grace if used in the interests of the higher self-criticism. And self-criticism, in the sense of an introspective, discriminating activity, is indispensable in any attempt to understand your own psychology. ("Psychology and Religion," 1938)

19. No matter what the world thinks about religious experience, the one who has it possesses a great treasure, a thing that has become for him a source of life, meaning, and beauty, and that has given a new splendor to the world and to mankind.... Where is the criterion by which you could say that such a life is not legitimate, that such an experience is not valid? ("Psychology and Religion," 1938)

20. Conscious and unconscious do not make a whole when one of them is suppressed and injured by the other. If they must contend, let it at least be a fair fight with equal rights on both sides.... This means open conflict and open collaboration at once. That, evidently, is what human life should be. It is the old game of hammer and anvil: between them the patient iron is forged into an indestructible whole, an "individual." This, roughly, is what I mean by the individuation process. ("Conscious, Unconscious, and Individuation," 1939)

21. If God wishes to be born as man and to unite mankind in the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, He suffers the terrible torment of having to bear the world in its reality. It is a crux, indeed, He Himself is His own cross. The world is God's suffering, and every individual human being who wishes even to approach his own wholeness knows very well that this means bearing his own cross. But the eternal promise for him who bears his own cross is the Paraclete. ("A Psychological Approach to the Dogma of the Trinity," 1942)

22. We are the manger in which the Lord is born. ("A Psychological Approach to the Dogma of the Trinity," 1942)

23. Great gifts are the fairest, and often the most dangerous, fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang on the weakest branches, which easily break.... Creative powers can just as easily turn out to be destructive. It rests solely with the moral personality whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad. ("The Gifted Child," 1942)

24. The individual cannot give his life point and meaning unless he puts his ego at the service of spiritual authority superordinate to man. ("The Gifted Child," 1942)

25. An understanding heart is everything in a teacher.... One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. ("The Gifted Child," 1942)

26. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. (Psychology and Alchemy, 1944)

27. Christian civilization has proved hollow to a terrifying degree: it is all veneer, but the inner man has remained untouched, and therefore unchanged. His soul is out of key with his external beliefs; in his soul the Christian has not kept pace with external developments. Yes, everything is to be found outside -- in image and in word, in Church and Bible -- but never inside. Inside reign the archaic gods, supreme as of old. (Psychology and Alchemy, 1944)

28. Once the exploration of the unconscious has [begun]..., the individual is confronted with the abysmal contradictions of human nature, and this confrontation in turn leads to the possibility of a direct experience of light and darkness, of Christ and the devil. (Psychology and Alchemy, 1944)

29. Out of opposition, a new birth. (Psychology of the Transference, 1946)

30. We cannot tell whether God and the unconscious are two different entities. (Answer to Job, 1952)

31. "Physical" is not the only criterion of truth: there are also psychic truths which can neither be explained nor proved nor contested in any physical way. (Answer to Job, 1952)

32. Yahweh [God]... was interested in man. Human beings were a matter of first-rate importance to him. He needed them as they needed him, urgently and personally. (Answer to Job, 1952)

33. Both the fear of God as well as the love of God are justified. (slightly modified, Answer to Job, 1952)

34. The traditional view of Christ's work of redemption reflects a one-sided way of thinking.... The other view... regards the atonement not as the payment of a human debt to God, but as reparation for a wrong done by God to man. (Answer to Job, 1952)

35. Self-knowledge paves the way to knowledge of God. (Answer to Job, 1952)

36. I cannot love anyone if I hate myself. ("Problems of Self-Realization," 1953)

37. I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something stronger than myself, something that people call God. (When asked if he believed in God, quoted in "The Old Wise Man," Time, 14 February 1955)

38. The world hangs on a thin thread, and that thread is the psyche of man. (Quoted in Tom Dozier, Houston Post, 16 September 1957)

39. The Christian symbol is a living thing that carries in itself the seeds of further development. (The Undiscovered Self, 1957)

40. It is in the nature of political bodies always to see the evil in the opposite group, just as the individual has an ineradicable tendency to get rid of everything he does not know and does not want to know about himself by foisting it off on somebody else. Nothing has a more divisive and alienating effect upon society than this moral complacency and lack of responsibility, and nothing promotes understanding and rapprochement more than the mutual withdrawal of projections. (The Undiscovered Self, 1957)

41. The real history of the world seems to be the progressive incarnation of the Deity. (Letter to Morton Kelsey, 3 May 1958)

42. It is quite possible that we look at the world from the wrong side and that we might find the right answer by changing our point of view and looking at it from the other side, i.e., not from outside, but from inside. (Letter to the Earl of Sandwich, 10 August 1960)

43. The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not? (Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1962)

44. As far we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. (Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1962)

45. We have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions. ("Approaching the Unconscious: Healing the Split," 1964)

47. If left to himself, [man] can naturally bring about his own salvation. Who has produced Christ? Who has produced Buddha? (Quoted in Margaret Gildea, "Jung: As Seen by an Editor, a Student and a Disciple," 1982)

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Leonard Roy Frank is the editor of Random House Webster's Quotationary (20,000-plus quotes on 1,000-plus subjects). His "Frankly Quoted" column, distributed freely over the Internet every month, consists of 30-35 quotes and original thoughts, mostly about current events. To get on the "Frankly Quoted" listserve, send lfrank@igc.org your e-mail address.


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