Zofingia Lectures

If I were to select only the most extreme examples of those subjects that are of interest to educated people, I would first be compelled to find an audience that has forgotten how to blush.

For nowadays it is by no means rare to see an educated man, even a scientist, weltering in the vilest slime.

But there is no reason to discuss this, for such conduct is also quite unpopular even with so-called educated people. Instead let us choose another showpiece from the junk room of erudite absurdity. Something really impressive:

Mammon. Anyone who is not interested in money in one form or another, is deemed to have played his cards all wrong and missed out on the real purpose of his life.

It might be worthwhile, for once, to estimate approximately how many people belong to that great confraternity who strike up a Te Deum when the interest rate rises 1 percent.

Naturally I would also include in this group all persons who study for venial purposes or who have set their sights on “marrying well.” ~Carl Jung, Zofingia Lectures, Page 23

I consider it disgraceful for an educated man to accept the idea of the preeminent power of money.

It is even more disgraceful if he tips his hat and shows his reverence to a sack of gold.

But it is most disgraceful of all if he uses-or rather abuses-his knowledge and skills to gain bliss from the one thing that can give it, the personal possession of Mammon. ~Carl Jung, Zofingia Lectures, Page 25

Ought I perhaps to cite a few shining examples to substantiate my claims?

Ought I to tell you about all those who engage in scholarly pursuits merely in order to fill up as quickly as possible the moneybag that they have invested with the sacred aura of scientific knowledge?

Shall I tell you of those savants whom others regard as having attained the pinnacle in human perfection, but who sell their science and their knowledge for thirty pieces of silver? ~Carl Jung, Zofingia Lectures, Page 26