terça-feira, 3 de novembro de 2009

Reality sandwich/Are we possessed?

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Collective Psychosis
Jung never tired of warning that the greatest danger that faces humanity is to unwittingly fall into our unconscious en masse such that we become instruments for a psychic epidemic to wreak havoc in the world, just like we see today (please see my article, "Diagnosis: Psychic Epidemic"). Jung writes that psychic epidemics "...are infinitely more devastating than the worst of natural catastrophes. The supreme danger which threatens individuals as well as whole nations is a psychic danger." We are in the midst of a collective psychosis that has become so normalized that very few people are even talking about it, which is itself an expression of our collective madness. (please see my article, "Why Don't We See our Collective Madness"?) Jung writes, "...collective psychoses are based on a constellated archetype, though of course this fact is not taken into account at all. In this respect our attitude is still characterized by a prodigious unconsciousness."
Once these archetypal contents become activated in the unconscious, Jung elaborates, it is like "they have taken possession of certain individuals, irresistibly draw them together by mutual attraction and knit them into smaller or larger groups which may easily swell into an avalanche." People who have fallen into their unconscious naturally attract and connect with each other, as they reciprocally reinforce each others' madness. An impenetrable bubble of shared, rigid beliefs gets conjured up around them which deflects and resists any self-reflection which threatens their fixed worldview. Anyone who reflects back their unconscious state is demonized and seen as a heretic, blasphemer and enemy.
Though using individuals as its instruments, evil needs the unconscious masses for its genesis and proliferation on the world stage. Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics. In a collective psychosis there is a herd mentality, where people stop thinking for themselves and let others think for them, like sheep ("sheeple") who just follow wherever they are being led. Jung writes that whoever buys into the collectively agreed upon group-think "is infected with the leprosy of collective thinking and has become an inmate of that insalubrious stud-farm called the totalitarian State." When we give away our power, there is always someone bearing the authority of the State who is more than happy to accept our offering, feeding the insatiable will-to-power of the shadow. Jung comments, "The shepherd's staff soon becomes a rod of iron, and the shepherds turn into wolves." Being archetypal, the reciprocal process of people giving away their power to others who abuse it simply because they can has continually re-created itself all throughout history.
Jung warns us that "The most dangerous things in the world are immense accumulations of human beings who are manipulated by only a few heads." In a collective psychosis, the many are manipulated by the few who are attracted to holding power over others. Jung points out that, "Whoever prefers power, is therefore, in the Christian view, possessed by the devil. The psychologist can only agree." In a psychic epidemic, the masses, led and inspired by the few who are perversely possessed by and addicted to the need for power, collectively collude with, support and mutually rein-force each others' irrational beliefs, narcissistic needs, and fears, creating a culture crazy beyond belief. This culture, or lack thereof, is simultaneously the cause and effect of their madness, as they collectively incarnate a living, self-fulfilling prophecy. They become the instruments through which the NLD, the nonlocal demon, reproduces itself, like a multi-headed hydra, in, as, and through the field.

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