In The Spotlight
“As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will experience it and carry it through. The change must indeed begin with an individual; it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford to look around and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself. But since nobody seems to know what to do, it might be worthwhile for each of us to ask himself whether by any chance his or her unconscious may know something that will help us. Certainly the conscious mind seems unable to do anything useful in this respect. Man today is painfully aware of the fact that neither his great religions nor his various philosophies seem to provide him with those powerful animating ideas that would give him the security he needs in face of the present condition of the world.”
Psychopaths do not possess the creativity that we have. Without an ability to feel deeply, they can’t generate life and all they can do is mimic and feed off of others. Carl Jung once said, “one does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” The cure is in the pain and our conscious suffering. Our ability to feel our own pain awakens compassion – reminds us of our inherent obligation to one another. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger and can help build a more resilient immunity. With the power of empathy and imagination that is an innate gift in all of us, we can network new pathways, creating a world that truly embodies what it is to be human.
A woman told me people seem uncomfortable when she mentions her dead husband. “My husband would have loved this” or “his love still supports me.”
The crisis we are experiencing today is not just a European crisis, nor a crisis of morals, economics, ideologies, politics or religion. It is not only prevalent in Europe and America but in Russia and the Far East as well. It is a crisis of the world and mankind such as has occurred previously only during pivotal junctures — junctures of decisive finality for life on earth and for the humanity subjected to them. The crisis of our times and our world is in a process — at the moment autonomously — of complete transformation, and appears headed toward an event which, in our view, can only be described as a “global catastrophe.”
Carl Jung Depth Psychology
Reading Group - Session 6 Part 1 - August 22, 2016
Matt Damon is a super genius working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a janitor. Well, he went back to MIT today to give the commencement speech for the class of 2016, and it got even more dramatic than a movie. First, he talked about simulation theory, which is the idea that we are all living in some sort of game played by a much more advanced civilization. He questioned why we have to be living in the one where Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president. “[T]his world — real or imagined — this world, has some problems that we need you to drop everything and solve,” he told the graduates. “So go ahead and take your pick from the world’s worst buffet. Economic inequality, that’s a problem. How about the refugee crisis? Massive global insecurity, climate change, pandemics, institutional racism — and add to that an American political system that’s failing. We’ve got congressmen on a two-year election cycle who are incentivized to think short-term and simply do not engage with long-term problems. And add to that a media that thrives on scandal and people with their pants down, anything to get you to tune in so they can hawk you products that you don’t need. And add to that a banking system that steals people’s money.”
Iyad el-Baghdadi's speech at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum. See more talks like this at www.oslofreedomforum.com and follow @OsloFF for updates.
Pete Seeger singing "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"