Jung shares a few thoughts.

Stumbled across this little gem and decided to share with my Jungian friends out there. The uploader was kind enough to provide a transcript of the dialogue. I thought that the following statement was particularly poignant and profound – “The word “believe” is a difficult thing for me. I don’t believe; I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing; and when I know it, I don’t need to believe it. If I don’t allow myself, for instance, to believe a thing just for sake of believing it. I can’t believe it! But when there are sufficient reasons for a certain hypothesis, I shall accept these reasons naturally.”

Interviewer: I know that you say death is psychologically just as important as birth and like it is an integral part of life, but surely, it can’t be like birth if it is an end. Can it?

Jung: Yes. If it is an end and there we are not quite certain about this end because we know that there are these peculiar faculties of the psyche- that it isn’t entirely confined to space and time. You can have dreams or visions of the future. You can see around corners and such things. Only ignorants deny these facts. It’s quite evident that they do exist and have existed always. Now these facts show that the psyche- in part, at least- is not dependent on these confinements. And then what? When the psyche is not under that obligation to….live in time and space alone- and obviously, it doesn’t. Then, in .. to that extent, they psyche is not submitted to those laws and that means a..a practical continuation of life of a sort of psychical existence beyond time and space.

Interviewer: Do you- yourself believe that death is probably the end or do you believe….

Jung: Well, I can’t say – wissen Sie ? (German translated would be: you see ?)- the word “believe” is a difficult thing for me. I don’t “believe”; I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing; and when I know it, I don’t need to believe it. If I- I don’t allow myself, for instance, to believe a thing just for sake of believing it. I can’t believe it! But when there are sufficient reasons for a certain hypothesis, I shall accept these reasons naturally. And to say “We have to recon with the possibility of [so and so].” You know?

Interviewer: Well…now you told us that we should regard death as being a goal and to stray away from it is to evade life and life’s purpose. What advice would you give to people in their later life to enable them to do this when most of them must, in fact, believe that death is the end of everything?

Jung: Well…you see I have treated many old people and its quite interesting to watch what their (??) is doing with the fact that it is apparently threatened with the complete end. It disregards it. Life behaves as if it were going on and so I think it is better for old people to live on…to look forward to the next day; as if he had to spend centuries and then he lives happily, but when he is afraid and he doesn’t looks forward; he looks back. He petrifies. He gets stiff and he dies before his time, but when he’s living on, looking forward to the great adventure that is ahead, then he lives. And that is about what your conscious is intending to do. Of course it is quite obvious that we’re all going to die and this is the sad finale of everything, but never-the-less, there is something in us that doesn’t believe it, apparently, but this is merely a fact, a psychological fact. Doesn’t mean to me that it proves something. It is simply so. For instance, I may not know why we need salt, but we prefer to eat salt too because we feel better. And so when you think in a certain way, you may feel considerably better. And I think if you think along the lines of nature, then you think properly.

Hope you enjoy.

One love,

HJ

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About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

6 Responses to Jung shares a few thoughts.

  1. I have seen it before but it is always worth returning to. Amazing how splendidly he himself aged.

    • Henry Jekyll says:

      I thought the video captured a certain gleam in his eyes that seemed to say “I know something that you don’t.”
      Definitely one of those unique individuals with a glimpse into the tangential domain that tried to share it with humanity.

  2. dying is tap dancing to the “next adventure”
    we waltz through time and space
    without limits
    from the beginning of beginningless time
    what dreams bring smiles
    one knows what one knows

    Oh, Jung, forever ‘young’ flows on and on through the oceans of life.

    ~~~Thank you ever so much for this, Henry.
    Mr. Jekyll as well. :)

  3. skywanderer says:

    Jung is also one of my favourites. It was the extraordinary insights he shared in his Introduction to The Tibetan Book of the Dead that kept me away from practising any form of meditation. Luckily.

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