This video is a great introduction to Carl Jung, his split with Freud, and his ideas of the collective unconscious, archetypes, and God. This video approaches him from a religious standpoint, but you could easily peg him as a philosopher in the Platonic, Kantian sense, or as a psychology theorist (of course.) His impact on our culture and thought is still relatively low compared to the prominence he will obtain in the future (my prediction). The publication of his Red Book is, perhaps, the beginning of a Jungian renaissance. His work will make more sense to us the further we plunge into the digital era.
I’m also revisiting Jung’s (kind of) autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections, and I came across a passage that refers to his decision to start building his lake house/temple (it appears in the above video. The narrator claims Jung was doing a public service by going into private retreat!) Jung begins building this home in order to recapture the joy he experienced playing blocks and building stone forts as a boy. This is the opposite of the famous passage from 1 Corinthians 13:11:
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
President Obama quoted this in his inauguration address. Maybe it was a mistake. Perhaps, as a nation, we should have retrieved something from our youth and found a way to integrate it into our adulthood.
We are far too grown up in this country, I think.
Here would be my humble suggestion: we should have a literary renaissance in this country dedicated to a resurrection of mid 1800’s American Romanticism: Thoreau, Dickinson, Emerson, Whitman, etc. American Vedanta, Gnosticism, and Yoga. The ideas in these writings are practically non-existent in our culture. They represent our heritage, and a powerful connection to a form of thought that could transform everything about our way of life. We need a thousand Thoreaus building a thousand sustainable homes and creating a thousand new communities devoted to nature, meditation, and art. This is all very childish. This is all very good.