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Friday, December 2, 2016

Carl Jung: I don't know whether you will be irritated by this attempt.




To J. Wilhelm Hauer

Dear Professor Hauer, February 1936

By the same post I am sending you an offprint of my last year's Eranos lecture.

This is not intended as a captatio but rather an anticipatio benevolentiae, since a little later I shall send you an essay
in which I have included you as a symptom, this time without mentioning your humanity which I know very well.

We in Switzerland are near enough to Germany and also far away enough to have to come to terms with the spiritual events there
and perhaps we can.

But if we embark on this venture we must look beyond the personal and regard the German Faith Movement, including yourself, as a symptomatic occurrence connected with the hidden history of the German mind.

I don't know whether you will be irritated by this attempt.

At any rate I have refrained from value judgments and have been content with pure observation of the facts.

I am deeply convinced that historical events cannot be evaluated but at best interpreted.

I know from experience that being interpreted is not the pleasantest of things even when it is done to the best of our knowledge and conscience.

It is precisely then that it very often is not!

Meanwhile, with best regards and wishes,

Yours ever,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Page 209