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Carl Jung on “Evil,” “Power,” and Lucifer as the Anthropos


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C.G. Jung Letters, Vol. 1: 1906-1950

To Max Pulver

Dear Dr. Pulver, 2 November 1944

Many thanks for kindly sending me your interesting and timely book.

The third chapter seems to me particularly valuable.

Regarding the problem of evil and power, it has always struck me as significant that “Macht” [power] is derived from “machen” [to make); and since “making” is a specific activity of man, one might come to the conclusion that the characteristic expression of human life bears the stamp of evil and that in consequence the Anthropos is really Lucifer.

Again with thanks and kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Pages 352-353.

Note: Anthropos =The Original Man, man in his ideal, archetypal totality and one of the symbols of the self.