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Carl Jung on the unexpected intuition of the American public


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Letters Volume II

To James Kirsch

Dear Kirsch, 12 November 1959

I am glad to hear of your activity on the radio.

Nowadays this is the way to get at the public.

I personally am opposed to it, but then I belong increasingly to the past and can no longer adapt to the restlessness and superficiality of modern life.

It surpasses my comprehension how anyone can talk about “Job” on the radio without provoking misunderstandings-especially if such a banal thinker as X. precedes you as a speaker-since its argument is one of the subtlest that can be imagined.

I therefore wish you the very best of luck in this unpredictable undertaking.

However, there is one thing I do not underestimate, and that is the-to me-amazing and unexpected intuition of the American public, of which I was given an impressive sample on the occasion of my lectures at Yale University.

The little book has a steady if limited sale in the U.S.A.

I am eager to hear of your experiences.

Possibly you may start a “war,” which will certainly break out one day the more darkly the political sky becomes overcast.

My appearance on the British television seems to have been a Considerable and unexpected success.

My best wishes,

Ever sincerely yours,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 520