Jordan B. Peterson has done the People of the West a great service, probably greater than even he realises as the number viewing his Youtube DVDs, keeps rising. His lectures revealing his understanding of how the world really works struck many chords with me.
Peterson deals with the personality and subconsciousness of the individual and refers back to one of the earlier psychologists Carl Gustave Jung and his research into that realm. He explains that what modern man sees as just books on Magic, that is the old stories and fables of fairy princesses and dragons and brave princes, would be in modern man’s vocabulary, “treatises on the psychology of the subconscious”.
MYTHS AND LEGENDS PROVIDE THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING
We need to grasp the fact that it is only in last seven-or-so hundred years that man has thought ‘objectively’ rather than ‘subjectively’; Peterson explains why in his DVDs on Personality. Before modern science educated man to look at the world ‘objectively’ mankind told his history and understanding, his ‘wisdom’, through stories. Modern man upon examining these stories, sees them as stories of magic – not stories about real human beings and real life.
It was Carl Gustave Jung who “looked at areas of the mind that constitute the psyche, and the way in which they influenced one another. He distinguished the persona, or the image of ourselves that we present to the world, from our shadow, which may be comprised of hidden anxieties and repressed thoughts. Jung also noted the relationship between our personal unconscious, which contains an individual’s personal memories and ideas, and a collective unconscious, a set of memories and ideas that is shared amongst all of humanity. Shared concepts, which Jung described as archetypes, permeate the collective unconscious and emerge as themes and characters in our dreams and surface in our culture - in myths, books, films and paintings, for example.
The collective unconscious is key to Jung’s theories of the mind as it contains the archetypes. Rather than being born as a tabula rasa (a ‘blank slate’ in Latin) and being influenced purely by our environment, as the English philosopher John Locke believed, Jung proposed that we are each born with a collective unconscious. This contains a set of shared memories and ideas, which we can all identify with, regardless of the culture that we were born into or the time period in which we live. We cannot communicate through the collective unconscious, but we recognise some of the same ideas innately, including archetypes.
For example, many cultures have cultivated similar myths independently of one another, which feature similar characters and themes, such as the creation of the universe.
Jung noted that within the collective unconscious there exist a number of archetypes which we can all recognise. An archetype is the model image of a person or role and includes the mother figure, father, wise old man and clown/joker, amongst others. The mother figure, for example, has caring qualities; she is dependable and compassionate. We all hold similar ideas of the mother figure and we see her across cultures and in our language - such as the term ‘mother nature’.
Archetypes are often incarnated as characters in myths, novels and films - in the James Bond spy series, ‘M’ embodies the mother archetype, whom the spy trusts and returns to. Similar, archetypes permeate the cards of a Tarot deck: the mother archetype is seen in the qualities of the Empress card, whilst the Hermit embodies the wise old man archetype.
The shadow archetype is composed primarily of the elements of ourselves that we consider to be negative. We do not show this side of the self to the outside world as it can be a source of anxiety or shame. The shadow may contain repressed ideas or thoughts which we do not wish to integrate into our outward persona, but these must be resolved in order to achieve individuation.
However, it may also include positive traits, such as perceived weaknesses (for example, empathy) which may not fit into the ‘toughness’ that a person wants to present as a part of their persona.
In literature, the Shadow is often presented as a villainous character – for instance, as the snake in the Garden of Eden or The Jungle Book. Jung also observed Hyde, whom Dr. Jekyll transforms into, as representing the character’s shadow in Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
Patterns of Meaning
C.H. Douglas in “The Big Idea” saw that Secret Societies all follow the same pattern (of meaning) and insisted “I have suggested that there is an attempt in operation, to impose a World Policy… somewhere there is a body of men claiming to be a World Government …” Read further here…. https://alor.org/Library/Douglas%20CH%20-%20The%20Big%20Idea.pdf
Ivor Benson in Behind the News, June/July 1987 wrote:
“According to the leftist or “progressive” system of values, it is the main purpose of the intellect to supersede and conquer nature, including human nature in those to be ruled; indeed, human nature is seen as the main obstacle to the attainment of an imagined perfect ordering of the world.
It is this attitude of mind, this flight into unreality, this idea of plasticising and remoulding human beings to meet the requirements of an imagined political ideal, which Carl Gustav Jung has described as “a psychic epidemic” afflicting the educated classes in the West.
And it is this morbid attitude of mind which so eagerly adopted Marxist socialism as a personal religion substitute and as a political working programme.
Being a self-proving product of the intellect, socialism could not be proved wrong; all that was wrong with it, as experience has amply demonstrated, is that an unalterable human nature will always guarantee that socialism cannot be made to work.” (emphasis added…ed)