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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Carl Jung on T.S. Elliot and Sartre




To Dr. S.

Dear Colleague, 5 December 1951

Frankly I am surprised at your letting yourself be impressed by T. S. Eliot.

Becoming conscious does not in itself lead to hell by any means.

It leads to this unpleasant place only if you are conscious of certain things and not of others.

You must always ask yourself what ought to become conscious.

In the case of both these two, Eliot and above all Sartre, the talk is always of consciousness, never of the objective psyche, the unconscious.


It is quite natural that if in your consciousness you are always running round in a circle you will finally end up in hell.

And that is just what Sartre is after and what Eliot would like to prevent with obviously ineffective measures.

I have no desire to argue with these two.

I made my position clear long before they did in their writings, so that anybody who wishes to know it can.

With collegial regards,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 30.