Friday, December 05, 2008

THE source of our problems...

In pondering the economic situation and political manipulations going on around it, I was reminded of something Carl Jung once said,"The source of all neurosis is the avoidance of legitimate pain."

Dr. Gerald Mann had his own explanation of this in America,

"I think we are disillusioned because we have lived for many years with an illusion. Disillusionment, as I often say, is always the child of illusionment. We had this illusion that we could have the Great Society and the Great Frontier and that we could use the government programs to solve everything.

All of our saviors have let us down. Education and money hasn't really brought us the sort of inward peace that we want, so I think there is a massive disillusionment in the country because we based it on an illusion. We are the first generation in history that has expected life to be happy. We are the first generation that expects to have the ultimate marriage, the ultimate job, the ultimate religion, no problems, and we are setting ourselves up for great angst when we do that."

Absolutely brilliant analysis in my never so humble opinion. It's not a slam of education or success, just the realization that life is much deeper and bigger, and we put our selves at great risk when we fail to realize that.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Jesus said,

“Why do you see the speck in your brother's eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?

Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when the beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite!

First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother's eye.”

10:32 AM  

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