The Red Book: A Reader’s Edition (Philemon) The Red Book: A Reader’s Edition (Philemon)

Man stands between emptiness and fullness.

If his strength combines with fullness, it becomes fully formative.

There is always something good about such formation.

If his strength combines with emptiness, it has a dissolving and destructive effect, since emptiness can never be formed, but only strives to satisfy itself at the cost of fullness.

Combined thus human force turns emptiness into evil.

If your force shapes fullness, it does so because of its association with fullness. But to ensure that your formation continues to exist, it must remain tied to your strength.

Through constant shaping, you gradually lose your force, since ultimately all force is associated with the shapeliness that has been given form.

Ultimately, where you mistakenly imagine that you are rich, you have actually become poor, and you stand amidst your forms like a beggar.

That is when the blinded man is seized by an increasing desire to give shape to things, since he believes that manifold increased formation will satisfy his I desire.

Because he has spent his force, he becomes desirous; he begins to compel others into his service and takes their force to pursue his own designs.

In this moment, you need evil.

When you notice that your strength is coming to an end and desire sets in, you must withdraw it from what has been formed into your emptiness; through this association with the emptiness you will succeed in dissolving the formation in you.

You will thus regain your freedom, in that you have saved your strength from oppressive association with the object.

So long as you persist with the standpoint of the good, you cannot dissolve your formation, precisely because it is what is good.

You cannot dissolve good with good.

You can dissolve good only with evil.

For your good also leads ultimately to death through its progressive binding of your force by progressively binding your force.

You are entirely unable to live without evil. ~Carl Jung, The Red Book, The Opening of the Egg, Page 287.

Sculpture: “The Genius of Evil” by Guillaume Geefs.