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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Carl Jung: Yet the real carrier of life is the individual.




Yet the real carrier of life is the individual.

He alone feels happiness, he alone has virtue and responsibility and any ethics whatsoever.

The masses and the state have nothing of the kind.

Only man as an individual being lives; the state is just a system, a mere machine for sorting and tabulating the masses.

Anyone, therefore, who thinks in terms of men minus the individual, in huge numbers, atomizes himself and becomes a thief and a robber to himself.

He is infected with the leprosy of collective thinking and has become an inmate of that insalubrious stud-farm called the totalitarian State.

Our time contains and produces more than enough of that “crude sulphur” which with “arsenical malignity” prevents man from discovering his true self. ~Carl Jung, CW 14, Para 194

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