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The irreconcilable nature of the opposites in Christian psychology is due to their moral accentuation.

This accentuation seems natural to us, although, looked at historically, it is a legacy from the Old Testament with its emphasis on righteousness in the eyes of the law.

Such an influence is notably lacking in the East, in the philosophical religions of India and China.

Without stopping to discuss the question of whether this exacerbation of the opposites, much as it increases suffering, may not after all
correspond to a higher degree of truth, I should like merely to express the hope that the present world situation may be looked upon in the light of the psychological rule alluded to above.

Today humanity, as never before, is split into two apparently irreconcilable halves.

The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate.

That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves. ~Carl Jung, CW 9ii, Para 126

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