… everything strives towards its own wholeness.

Carl Jung, in Letters. (Vol. 1: 1906-1950)

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Some think of Adam and Eve as eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil as the birth of consciousness, a time when the human person begins to explore his nature, nature at-large, life and living.  (Genesis, Chapter 3)

Carl Jung, who took account of religious narratives, took the view (in discussing the structure of the psyche) that the human person could not remain underdeveloped – in an infant state, within the “bosom” of his family, without endangering his psyche and risking neurotic behavior.

If you think about it and look around, there is a logic and truth to this.

Do we not see among us many who stay dependent on their family (even the disordered family) in brokenness, unhappiness, even violence – addiction, crippling dependence, inter-generational poverty, and habitual dysfunction? Indeed, does government not create or add to these things?

Jung would tell us that ” … everything strives towards its own wholeness”  and that the interruption of that journey creates human disorder, sickness.  I add much like we see in social dysfunction of significant segments of the population.

Jung would stress growth and independence of the human person, their full development as human beings as the missing link.

Indeed, Jung also observes that humans are to live in Light and understanding, to come to the point where our conscious existence exceeds the actions of our unconscious impulses and primitive past.

Yet in our culture where god is government, we double down on dependence and make all sorts of excuses for the vast social dysfunction we create and sustain.

We seem to love fictions so long as we might have power and pretend.  So dysfunction we create and foster is always a problem created by group A, or historic event B – but never the consequence of what we collectively and individually do and what we neglect.  The government is never at fault and never self-limiting.  And individuals avoid the pain of growing in exchange for the fiction of pretending and dependence.

A far better way to govern and to live is to endorse the proposition that “… everything strives toward its own wholeness” and each must abide.

Shalom.

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