To Erich Neumann
My dear Neumann, 22 December 1935
Don’t grow any grey hairs for having overlooked my 60th birthday!
To me the abstract number means nothing. I much prefer to know, or to bear from you, what you are doing.
What the European Jews are doing I know already, but I am extraordinarily interested in what the Jews are doing on their own archetypal soil.
Analytical psychology (or as it is now called, complex psychology) has its roots deep in Europe, in the Christian Middle Ages, and ultimately in Greek philosophy.
The connecting link was missing for so long bas now been found, and it is alchemy as Silberer correctly surmised.
Unfortunately, rationalistic psychologism broke his neck for him.
The “cultivated Jew” is always on the way to becoming a “non-Jew.”
You are quite right: the way does not go from good to better, but dips down first to the historical data.
I usually point out to most of my Jewish patients that it stands to reason they are Jews.
I wouldn’t do this had f not so often seen Jews who imagined they were something else.
For them ”Jewishness” is a species of personal insult.
_ . . I find your very positive conviction that the soil of Palestine is essential for Jewish individuation most valuable.
How does this square with the fact that Jews in general have lived much longer in other• countries than in Palestine?
Even Moses Maimonides preferred Cairo Fostat although he had the opportunity of living in Jerusalem.
Is it the case that the Jew is so accustomed to being a non-Jew that he needs the Palestinian soil in concreto to be reminded of his Jewishness?
I can scarcely feel my way into a psyche that has not grown up on any soil.
With heartiest wishes for your continued well-being,
Your ever devoted,
C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Pages 206-207.