[Carl Jung and “The World is as it has ever been]
The world is as it ever has been, but our consciousness undergoes peculiar changes.
First, in remote times (which can still be observed among primitives living today), the main body of psychic life was apparently in human and in nonhuman objects: it was projected, as we should say now.
Consciousness can hardly exist in a state of complete projection.
At most it would be a heap of emotions.
Through the withdrawal of projections, conscious knowledge slowly developed.
Science, curiously enough, began with the discovery of astronomical laws, and hence with the withdrawal, so to speak, of the most distant projections. This was the first stage in the despiritualization of the world.
One step followed another: already in antiquity the gods were withdrawn from mountains and rivers, from trees and animals.
Modern science has subtilized its projections to an almost unrecognizable degree, but our ordinary life still swarms with them.
You can find them spread out in the newspapers, in books, rumors, and ordinary social gossip.
All gaps in our actual knowledge are still filled out with projections.
We are still so sure we know what other people think or what their true character is. ~”Psychology and Religion” (1938) In CW II: Psychology and Religion: West and East. P. 140.