ETH Lectures

We may like to think that all psyches are single psyches, that no such thing as a collective psyche exists, in other words that the psyche is nothing more thanconsciousness, for consciousness is an individual phenomenon.

But can we really be so very sure of this?

Primitives, on the other hand, are not at all certain that they are distinct from each other or from their surroundings; when you are among them you hardly dare to kill a crocodile, for the primitive says: “I am also that crocodile.”

It is only single illuminated points that we are clearly conscious of; the whole is dark. I am reminded of the savant who said : ” If I knew all that Ihave forgotten I would b e the most learned of all men.” ~Carl Jung, ETH Lectures, 27 Oct. 1933.