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Letters of C. G. Jung: Volume 2, 1951-1961

To James Kirsch

My dear Kirsch, 29 January 1953

I would like to thank you personally for the great honour you have destined for me and the great pleasure this has given me.

I hope and wish all the best for the future of your Society.

If I had a Doctor honoris causa to bestow I would place the well-earned academic hat on your head in recognition of your truly remarkable and meritorious activity on behalf of “my” psychology, with regard to which, however, I presume to no proprietary rights.

It represents a movement of the spirit which took possession of me and which I have had the privilege of serving all my life.

It illuminates the evening of my days and fills me with joyful serenity that I was granted the favour of putting my best abilities at the service of a great cause.

What you write about the effect of Job on analysts accords with my own experience: the number of individuals capable of reacting is relatively very small and analysts are no exception.

A second edition is already on the way, in which I have made the corrections you suggested.

I will send you a copy.

I am recuperating slowly, but now things are getting positively better.

Today I finished a long essay on the “Philosophical Tree,” which kept me company during my illness.

I have discovered some interesting things.

Writing it was an enjoyable substitute for the fact that so few of my contemporaries can understand what is meant by the psychology of the unconscious.

You should have seen the press reviews of Job! The naive stupidity of it all is beyond imagination.

Again with cordial thanks and kindest regards,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 104.