Posts Tagged ‘ unconscious ’

Making the Unconscious Conscious

The Enlightenment was about making the world better – by eliminating class differences. If everyone was given equal opportunities – everything would get better. But instead, things got more complicated – and new problems arose that had not existed before.

American history was an example of this. America got off to a great start with its Constitution – a new invention that many other countries copied, confident that this would make them rich and powerful also. This happened recently, in Afghanistan. It was given a constitution, written by American experts – and told to have an election. These American experts expected great things to happen – Afghanistan would automatically become a modern country! It never happened.

This did not work in America either – it had a long, bloody Civil War, that solved none of its problems – but it did become an Industrial country, with transcontinental railroads – and a huge inequality between the rich Industrialists and the Workers.

And with the rest the world, it participated in WWI, the Depression, and WWII. with its Holocaust. Something had gone terribly wrong – but no one knew what it was.

What happened was simple – unconscious problems wrecked everything – much to the amazement of everyone – who had no idea these existed. Or that the unconscious itself existed.

The discovery of the unconscious was one of the great achievements of the early 20th Century. But it was soon forgotten – because it was too inconvenient. It revealed too much about who we were.


As I write this, most people will agree – without thinking about it. But I know, from personal experience – how shocking and painful the discovery of unknown problems can be. Their discovery can nearly kill you.  No one actually dies – but it is an experience, that most people avoid, with all their strength.

They Get to be As Bad as They Really Want to be

I keep saying this, over and over – the people of the world are destroying their world – much to their satisfaction. But this destructive urge resides in their collective unconscious – where it can be safely denied. Along with the unconscious itself.

Many observers of the social scene have been saying approximately the same thing, for some time – but more politely. They know that telling people they are bad, will make them unpopular – and in extreme cases – dead.

People want to be bad – but they do not want to be called for it. They want to be told they are good – and not only that, but very good – even as they rape their neighbors.

This is the worst situation imaginable – which means most people cannot imagine it – and reject it out-of-hand. They will not dip into their unconscious to see what is there. Which is simply – murder, which has been there since the beginning of history. As the Good Book itself says.

They are willing to admit to a little evil here, and a little evil there – but not its existence everywhere. In fact, I am not saying it is everywhere – only in the human heart and mind. Which covers quite a bit of territory.

I can take my own mind as an example – there have been times, many times, when I wanted to destroy everything – beginning with my mother. And this urge has been debilitating – it meant I could sometimes do almost nothing. And I could see it happening in my family also – they would go to a tremendous effort to build something – and then destroy it.

This what has happened, on a global scale. We went to a tremendous effort to make Capitalism global – and then destroyed it. If it didn’t like us – we didn’t like it.

This is insane – but like any insanity, it is logical – when looked at from the inside.