Jung and Hermann Hesse


I then told Jung that I thought that in his own being he represented a link with the secrets of the past.

‘You have found the connecting road, the path which was lost with the coming of the European Enlightenment, if not before.

Just as the Renaissance found a bond with the external Classic Age, so you, for our own time, seem to have established a link with its internal side.

Thus, thanks to you, the essential qualities of man are able to survive.

In his own time, Meister Eckhart performed the same role.’

‘What I have tried to do,’ he said, ‘is to show the Christian what the Redeemer really is, and what the resurrection is.

Nobody today seems to know, or to remember, but the idea still exists in dreams.’

I then told Jung that I had gone to Florence to see Leonardo’s painting, ‘The Annunciation’.

And I told him that when I was looking at that picture, I thought of the Massacre of the Innocents, an event which coincided with, and in a real sense polarized, the birth of Christ.

‘Much fuss has been made about the death of Christ,’ I said, ‘but no one bothers about the death of so many innocents.

Their deaths seem to be accepted merely as something necessary for the birth of a Redeemer.

It was the same with the birth of Krishna when all the children of the district born on that same day were ordered to be executed by the tyrant Kansa.

Thus there always seems to me to be something terribly unjust about the coming of a Redeemer; indeed,  one might almost consider it a positive evil.

There is always the question of whether the end justifies the means.’ ~Miguel Serrano, Jung and Hesse A Record of Two Friendships, Page 101