Dear Mrs. N., 8 February 1957
Thank you very much for your friendly letter with its kind advice.
You can rest assured that having studied the Gospels for a life-time
(I am nearly 83!)
I am pretty well acquainted with the foundations of our Christianity.
Surely the times of primitive Christianity were bad too, but not as bad as the world is now.
Our plight is decidedly worse, and we have to learn about things the old Fathers of the Church did not even dream of.
I am concerned with the world as it is today, namely godless and spiritually disoriented.
In history there is never a way back.
To be optimistic would mean to pull the wool over the eyes of the world.
This would lead nowhere as it would confirm the childishness of people still more.
They should realize in our days how much depends upon themselves and to what purpose they have been created.
When you are still on the battlefield you cannot think of the good things that may come afterwards.
C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 346.