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Man and His Symbols

As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will experience it and carry it through. The change must indeed begin with an individual; it might be any one of us.

Nobody can afford to look around and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself.

But since nobody seems to know what to do, it might be worth while for each of us to ask himself whether by any chance his or her unconscious may know something that will help us.

Certainly the conscious mind seems unable to do anything useful in this respect.

Man today is painfully aware of the fact that neither his great religions nor his various philosophies seem to provide him with those powerful animating ideas that would give him the security he needs in face of the present condition of the world.

I know what the Buddhists would say:

Things would go right if people would only follow the “noble eightfold path” of the Dharma (doctrine, law) and had true insight into the Self

The Christian tells us that if only people had faith in God, we should have a better world.

The rationalist insists that if people were intelligent and reasonable, all our problems would be manageable.

The trouble is that none of them manages to solve these problems himself. ~Carl Jung. Man and His Symbols, Page 100