Don’t Fear the Reaper: Phoning Numbers in the Little Red Book


C G Jung’s Red Book to be published.

“She tells him not to fear madness but to accept it, even to tap into it as a source of creativity.”

( The Holy Grail of the Unconscious )

As we move out of the Twentieth century into the uncharted territory of the future one things remains clear. The paroxysms of that century appear to be the murderous thrashings of the psyche of man and woman. The shrieking subconscious of mankind clamouring for attention.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

“If you want to find paths, you should also not spurn madness, since it makes up such a great part of your nature.”

( The Holy Grail of the Unconscious )

What could be madder than the concentration camps, or nuclear annihilation ? Yet these things are not madness per se but the results of spurning it, causing a disruption in the subconscious that erupts in war and destruction.

There is a Taoist tale of a man who could not stop running. He was pursued by foot steps and a terrifying shadow. He ran so hard to escape them that he collapsed from exhaustion and died. If only he had stopped and rested in the shade then his shadow, cast by the sun, would have disappeared, and the sound of footsteps – his own – would have ceased.

Aren’t we like this, now, as we find ourselves poised at the beginning of this millennium ? Impatient to cast ourselves off to the stars or bring about world peace ? Desperate to forget the nightmares of the twentieth century ? Yet in those madnesses lies the answer. We drug and lock up people who exhibit that shadow of the horrors of that century, yet we do ourselves a disfavour by trying to destroy and suppress the madness. Mistaking the alchemical ingredients as a threat we burn the experiment that can create the gold of our own future, on a personal as well as a world level.

I think Carl Gustav Jung knew this which is why he so intensely worked at what he did.

This is why the drugging issue is so central, paramount, un-ignorable. The focus has moved from annihilation by nuclear weapon to possible annihilation by the drugging and supression of the mad. Because to do so is to interrupt the very forces of mankind that, paradoxically, keep us sane. Far from causing just “health problems” those drugs are a towering nightmare spectre casting it’s shadow across mankind. The nuclear weapons of our age, their threat to destroy us, totally, is very real.

When will the Peace and Anti-War movements wake up ?


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