Quote Book -[21]-Civilsation, People & Western Society

Jung was struck by the way time seemed to slow down more and more the further he travelled into the Sahara, even threatening to move backwards. In a letter to a friend he described an encounter with a figure all swathed with silver. This man rode by without offering any greeting, but his proud bearing and the sense that this person was somehow wholly himself, struck Jung as a stark contrast to the average European with his ‘faint note of foolishness’ and his illusion of triumph in great achievements such as steamships and railways.   He concluded that the driven attitude and suppression on emotion that characterises modern Western culture have been gained at the expense of intensity of living. This has resulted in people forcing down in the unconscious much that is real and life-giving Teach Yourself: Jung

Ruth Snowden

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