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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Carl Jung: "Can you imagine a real prophet or saviour in our days of television and press reportage?"




To Eugene M. E . Rolfe

Dear Mr. Rolfe, 1 May 1954

Thank you very much for your interesting article on "Rival Gods."

You ask a pertinent question indeed.

I am afraid there will be nobody to answer it, at least not in the way which we would expect following tradition.

Can you imagine a real prophet or saviour in our days of television and press reportage?

He would perish by his own popularity within a few weeks.

And yet some answer will be expected.

You rightly point out the emptiness of our souls and the perplexity of our mind when we should give an equally pat, simple-minded and understandable answer as f.i. Marxism.

The trouble is that most of us believe in the same ideals or very similar ones.

Mankind as a whole has not/yet understood that the ultimate decision is really laid into its own hands.

It is still possessed by wrathful gods and is doing their will.

There are very few who realize the true position and its desperate urgency.

I am glad you asked the question!

Sincerely yours,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 172.