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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Carl Jung: Why should he learn about the unconscious, the mother of the future?!

To Cary F. Baynes

Dear Cary,

X.'s shyness in touching upon the psychological problem is a fact well known to me.

I have seen it in many cases.

You rarely find a similar attitude in women though.

It is just as if women knew less of its implications, as they know psychology chiefly as a means to an end, while a man has an incomparably more complete intuition about it although he knows very much less of it than a woman.

A woman thinks she is moving in a sphere of more or less known factors, while a man is terrified by the certainty of having to deal with the well-known "Unknowns," as Wagner says in Faust: "Berufe nicht die wohlbekannte Schar! "

The " Unknowns" are a very definite factor in a man's life.

He knows them quite well, so well in fact that he keeps on assuring himself and others that there is no such thing.

He even builds up a lamentable superiority in this respect.

This is the average man, and he is right in his anxiousness, because it is a matter of the fathers and mothers of all the terrors he is bringing to this world in the form of Communism and H-bombs, and last but not least by his fertility and the inevitable overpopulation.

He still thinks in terms of mass-hygiene and has nightmares about mass killing.

Why should he learn about the unconscious, the mother of the future?!

Man still hopes, in a primitive way, that not knowing,not naming, not seeing a danger would remove it.

Why should he bother with psychology, that is meant to help him in a situation which is declared to be invisible?

X.'s psychology in this respect is just every man's behaviour,and I am the fool speaking about bad weather while the sun shines.

Cordially yours,

C.G. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 496-497