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Monday, August 3, 2015

Carl Jung: “If causality is axiomatic, i.e., absolute, there can be no freedom.”




To Elisabeth Metzger

Dear Frau Metzger, 7 January 1953

Man is notoriously not God, to whom alone is given the power to preserve and destroy life.

Man has only very limited possibilities amongst which-so far as his consciousness extends-he can choose
with practical freedom.

If causality is axiomatic, i.e., absolute, there can be no freedom.

But if it is only a statistical truth, as is in fact the case, then the possibility of freedom exists.

The paradoxical God-image is not an innovation in the sense that it is a novum in the world's history.

The God of the Old Testament as well as all non-Christian deities are inwardly contradictory, and the non-Christians must also live and have always lived with the paradox.

It is certainly true that a paradoxical God-image forces man to come to grips with his own paradoxicality.

This is in fact our task which we have hitherto avoided.

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 102.