Quote: Jung on RetroCulture

“…long ago in the quiet of the world, when there was less noise and more green…”

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Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

The featured image is that of Bollingen Tower, Jung’s well known and somewhat mysterious “confession of faith in stone,””maternal hearth,” and place of “repose and renewal” located on the shores of Lake Zurich.  It was from the chapter in MDR entitled “The Tower” that I gleaned the following quote, for your consideration.

Reforms by advances, that is, by new methods or gadgets, are of course impressive at first, but in the long run they are dubious and in any case dearly paid for.  They by no means increase the contentment or happiness of people on the whole.  Mostly, they are deceptive sweetenings of existence, like speedier communications which unpleasantly accelerate the tempo of life and leave us with less time than ever before.  Omnis festinatio ex parte diaboli est – all haste is of the devil, as the old masters used to say.

Reforms by retrogressions, on the other hand, are as a rule less expensive and in addition more lasting, for they return to the simpler, tried and tested ways of the past and make the sparest use of newspapers, radio, television, and all supposedly timesaving innovations.

Carl Gustav Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1962


What worked Before Can Work Again.

“I’m sure you’ve been told, ‘You can’t go back,’” Mr. Kraft went on. “Like most of what you are told these days, it’s a lie. The one thing we know we can do is what we’ve already done. We can live in the good, wholesome, upright ways our forefathers followed.”

 

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