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quote 2015-10-06 19:07
Man in the mass sinks unconsciously to an inferior moral and intellectual level, to that level which is always there, below the threshold of consciousness, ready to break forth as soon as it is activated by the formation of a mass.
Since nobody is capable of recognizing just where and how much he himself is possessed and unconscious, he simply projects his own condition upon his neighbor, and thus it becomes a sacred duty to have the biggest guns and the most poisonous gas.
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quote 2015-09-29 06:21
We came to the conclusion that it is better to avoid external wars, so we went home and took the strife with us....We fight each other within the limits of the law and the constitution, and we are inclined to think of democracy as a chronic state of mitigated war. We are far from being at peace with ourselves: on the contrary, we hate and fight each other because we have succeeded on introverting war

....We still labour under the unwholesome delusion that we should be at peace within ourselves.

...Our order would be perfect if only everybody could direct his aggressiveness inwards, into his own psyche. Unfortunately, our religious education prevents us from doing this, with its false promises of an immediate peace within.

...We psychologists have learned, through long and painful experience, that you deprive a man of his best resource when you help him to become sufficiently aware of them and to start a conscious conflict within himself. In this way the complex becomes a focus of life....It is surely better to know that your worst enemy is right there in your own heart.
Man's instincts are ineradicable–therefore a state of perfect peace is unthinkable. Moreover, peace is uncanny because it breeds war. True democracy is a highly psychological institution which takes account of human nature as it is and makes allowances for the necessity of conflict within its own national boundaries.
Essays on Contemporary Events - G. Adler,R.F.C. Hull,C.G. Jung

Well I was expecting Jung to be controversial, but damn.


Certainly not saying I agree with all of it, but it does put forward quite a few ideas: introverted mitigated war being waged through politics, religion promising immediate peace v the struggle of psychology, and that "peace breeds war" via the lack of control of humankind's violent nature.

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quote 2014-04-29 18:05
While the controversy between Freud and Jung concerned theoretical matters, the exchange could not have been more personal; Anna Freud later remembered that the summer of 1913, just before their final break, was the only time she could remember her father depressed.
Freud's Requiem: Mourning, Memory, and the Invisible History of a Summer Walk - Matthew Von Unwerth

Matthew Von Unwerth, Freud's Requiem

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quote 2014-03-23 20:33
Ursaless, the Queen of the Bears, had said it straight: 'Sometimes I recall oddments without even trying.'
Who knows when memory, unbidden, will burst out and take hostages?
...The future reshapes the memory of the past in the way it recalibrates significance: some episodes are advanced, others lose purchase.
A Lion Among Men: Volume Three in The Wicked Years - Gregory Maguire

A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years #3),  Gregory Maguire

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quote 2013-12-27 12:01
The inside of her head was a bad place, a dark tunnel full of distracting noise and whirling bats.
NOS4A2 - Joe Hill

Joe Hill



What an amazing description of fear, of mental illness, of being haunted.

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