Carl Gustav Jung; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961), often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology.
His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in philosophy, anthropology, archaeology, literature, and religious studies. He was a prolific writer, though many of his works were not published until after his death.
I have studied Jung for years and he is always one of my go to sources in research for by writings; books and blogs. I was recently reading the following letter he wrote to a pastor in 1951 who was advocating for Germany to disarm. Jung wrote the pastor and to the pastors surprise felt it would be disaster for Germany to NOT rearm.
Jung pointed out that those who are pacifists in the face of evil have a subconscious wish to be martyrs and die a glorious death.
“The really dangerous ones are the harmless dreamers who don’t know that they want to perish gloriously yet again through their accursed playing the savior. C.G.Jung
I see the parallels in those that wanted Germany to disarm with those today who feel a treaty with Iran will bring peace. It will not bring peace! It will bring war. It will usher in Armageddon. For weakness is what countries like Iran and Russia feed on. We live in a world where force rules. It is not what we want but it is what we humans do.
“It must indeed be dreaming if one thinks one can live unarmed in an anarchic world where only guile and force count” . C.G. Jung
Jung points out that even in the 1950’s the world say that Russia had aspiration to rule the world. And to force it’s sickness upon the world. With Russia and Iran getting cozier and cozier we are in for a double dose of poison.
“And that’s how it would be for you too with the Russians, for they also are universal saviors who want to cure the whole world with their own disease, just as the Nazis did” C.G. Jung
“You know very well: “I feel provoked,” said the wolf to the lamb”
This Obama treaty is built on weakness and by weak minds. Minds that believe the lamb can lay peacefully with the wolf. That only happens in fairy tales. This is not a fairy tale world. This is a world of good and bad. Of evil and of love. One must know who is who and what is what. I wish it were not so but in the world of flesh it is so.
“But let man, mindful of his hubris, be content with the lesser evil and beware of the satanic temptation of the grand gesture, which is only intended for show and self-intoxication” C. G. Jung
Here is the letter. Again I find the parallels as to then and to now eerily connected.
To Pastor Fritz Pfaffiin
Dear Pastor Pfaffiin, 22 March 1951
I was very glad to hear from you again. Unfortunately I cannot fulfill your wish.
I have so many other things to do and I can’t do nearly as much as I did before.
Nor am I allowed to overwork.
I don’t know what kind of dream material you could mean, and how it is supposed to link up with the unarmed neutrality of Germany.
The disarmament of Germany is itself a dream which could only occur in a sleeping nation-the very nation which has overrun its neighbors twice in a quarter of a century.
It is the dream of a profoundly warlike nation that consciously considers itself harmless and peace-loving.
It must indeed be dreaming if one thinks one can live unarmed in an anarchic world where only guile and force count.
Every German who is not asleep and dreaming knows that it is time, highest time to rearm, and the more consciously he does so the better it will be for peace.
The really dangerous ones are the harmless dreamers who don’t know that they want to perish gloriously yet again through their accursed playing the savior.
One time they strike their fellow men dead in order to convert them to the new religion of Nazism; the next time they preach disarmament in order to hand over their own country to Russian tyranny.
How would it have gone with us in Switzerland if we had had no army!
People like Herr Noack would have got a pension for doing useful preparatory work, and the rest of us would simply have been stood up against the wall by the culture-bringers.
And that’s how it would be for you too with the Russians, for they also are universal saviors who want to cure the whole world with their own disease, just as the Nazis did.
Do you seriously believe that any robber would be scared off by German disarmament?
You know very well: “I feel provoked,” said the wolf to the lamb.
One can also be neutral when armed, without falling a victim to militarism.
But unarmed neutrality seems to me, and probably to all non-Germans as well, the acme of failed instinct, to which I would add, from my intimate acquaintance with the German national character, German crankiness, which is something out of this world.
The dangerous thing about Noack’s proposal is that it represents yet another attempt at national suicide.
Whence comes the recklessness or “intemperance” of the Germans, whence their love of national downfall?
When Jacob Burckhardt heard of the declaration of Empire at Versailles, he exclaimed: “That means the downfall of Germany.”
Since then there has been no let-up in these down falling attempts.
One might, it seems to me, try to be reasonable for a change.
I hope, my dear Pastor, you will pardon these humble opinions.
They may make it clear to you why it seems to me quite out of the question-even if it were possible on other grounds-to give serious consideration to your proposal.
Please regard this letter as a private expression of my views. I have no wish to insult the German nation in the shape of its individual representatives.
To have arms is an evil; to have no arms is a still greater evil.
The reasonable man is modestly content with the lesser evil; he prefers to look at heroic Gotterdammerungen and suchlike Herostratic gestures in the theatre, to lock up madmen betimes and not worship them as leaders and saviors.
My words and warnings in this connection are as futile and useless as Jacob Burckhardt’s.
“Si non crediderunt tibi neque a udierunt sermonem signi prioris,” then only God speaks the word.
But let man, mindful of his hubris, be content with the lesser evil and beware of the satanic temptation of the grand gesture, which is only intended for show and self-intoxication.
Best regards, C.G. Jung
~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 11-12.
We will never pacify the closed minded ideology of Iran and Russia. They want a free America removed from this earth. They don’t play fair. They don’t play nice and they don’t play honest. I pray that Congress and the Senate reject this treaty with Iran and its silent partner Russia. Let us not be full of ourselves, and pretend to be Saviors and bringers of peace. It will kill us!
The world has already had one Savior. We cannot be so ego filled to believe we can be the second Savior. Man cannot save man. Only God can save man from himself.
Steve Monahan, writer