terça-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2018

THE EDEN OF TYRANNY

"Where the many are, there is security; what the many believe must of course be true; what the many want must be worth striving for, and necessary, and therefore good. In the clamor of the many there lies the power to snatch wish-fulfilments by force; sweetest of all, however, is that gentle and painless slipping back into the kingdom of childhood , into the paradise of parental care, into happy-go-luckiness and irresponsibility. All the thinking and looking after are done from the top; to all questions there is an answer; and for all needs the necessary provision is made. The infantile dream state of the mass man is so unrealistic that he never thinks to ask who is paying for this paradise. The balancing of accounts is left for a higher political or social authority, which welcomes the task, for its power is thereby increased; and the more power it has, the weaker and more helpless the individual becomes.
Wherever social conditions of this type develop on a large scale the road of tyranny lies open and the freedom of the individual turns into spiritual and physical slavery."

C. G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self, 1957, in: C. G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self, Penguin Books, 2006, pp. 58-9

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