C.G. Jung Letters, Vol. 1: 1906-1950

To H.G. Baynes

My dear Peter, 22 January 1942

It was a great pleasure to have your letter of Nov. 23rd.

It took its time in arriving, but it gave me at least an idea of what you are doing.

I appreciate your letter all the more as I know how difficult it is to write letters at all.

Your dealings with the clergy are interesting.

What will become of the Christian Church?

I will try to send you a MS of the Mass and one about the Trinity.

It seems as if one or the other will be included in the English edition of an Eranos book launched in America.

At the moment I am unable to give you sufficient information: there is such a turmoil of publications, translations that I have lost control.

I will try whether I can procure another copy of the Red Book.

Please don’t worry about translations.

I am sure there are 2 or 3 translations already.

But I don’t know of what and by whom.

A little book about Paracelsus is about to appear.

This ”religio medica” might interest you.

I will send you a copy.

I have given up lecturing at the E.T.H.

It became too much of a strain, with everything else minus the auto, which has facilitated so many things.

I have done a lot of research work within the last years besides my practical obligations.

A certain slowing down seems to be indicated.

I cannot get reconciled to the stupidity and shortsightedness of man, nor to this world in general.

We are in for a new “Catacomb Mentality,” the only German invention or article “made in Germ.” of lasting value.

The devil has been seriously underrated within the last centuries.

And the Church has played along with him in an irresponsible way.

God, things are so very much worse than one likes to admit.

No reason for any optimism: this world will never be better as it is already “le meilleur des mondes possibles.”

But it has an almost uncanny faculty of deteriorating into something infinitely worse.

The Church insists too much on faith and far too little on insight and judgment.

Thus the Church preserves a general credulity which the devil can make use of and he does use it!

Childishness has been favoured, propagated and nurtured.

Its result is Socialism, the political infantilism Ka-r’ i􀂫ox􀂬v5 which is always the first step toward the Leviathan.

The future might easily be so bad that the Church could be forced by circumstances to give up all her childish worldliness and socialism and to turn to the spiritual problem of man, which she has so sadly neglected.

I would say of the Catholic Church -“criminally neglected.” (More sins are forgiven to the great sinner than to the petty one.)

It is all like talking about the weather in a howling storm at sea or in a snowstorm on a glacier.

It does not matter and nobody hears it.

The shrieking of the demons is the stillness of the spirit.

It means a withdrawal unheard of, until one hears the great silence.

Hoping you are in good health and that the same is true of your family,

I remain,

Yours cordially,

C.G. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Pages 311-313.