I am reminded of James Hillman’s idea that we need to get therapy out of the therapist’s office and out into the world. But what I have learned because of my journey with depression is that it is still so stigmatized that there is a tendency, even in my self, to keep the issue of mental health a private one. There is a point in the meetings I attend where the following is said. “There are those too who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest,” There are a couple of us who raise our hands and sort of poke fun at the fact that everyone thinks we are the only ones who know we suffer from the dis-ease that we get to label accordingly.
Yet, I see that we have a huge need to not acknowledge that we suffer collectively as well as individually. Most would not be able to accept it and more than anything, would not be able to work on that aspect of our selves that carries the tension of the opposites.
“….But societies only let themselves be deceived and misled, even if temporarily for their own good…” I think I need not give any more of an example of this than to look at those who are running for President. I see it nothing more than a Caligula like reality, and all we want to hear is the violins playing. We are willing to allow people to flat out lie to us, to sell us a bill of goods and to promise us something that none of them can deliver. Security.
“…For what we are dealing with is simply the passing and morally weakening effects of suggestion.” The human condition, led by the monotheistic vision of lightness and no darkness, has controlled the paradigm so long that it is accepted, not even challenged in any realistic way, the world being divided into two aspects. The names of them are different but they are really the same. I am seeing that there is more and more writing on race being only a convenient way to separate classes. I have seen that my whole life. My father first hated blacks, then Mexicans. Why? Because they were a threat to his status in the working poor middle class that he found himself in.
We are truly projecting our shadow more and more as we go on as a culture. We are becoming more and more afraid that the pie is being divided and we are not getting “our” share. When are we going to realize that we have been dividing a smaller and smaller share?
But yet I have hope. There are politicians who are saying things that resonate with me. There are people doing the work of trying to give people some hope. We are not getting hope from our leaders any longer. Politicians are not working for justice for all. They are no more than just glorified spokespeople for the people who support them.
Alright I am out of the therapy room and into the world!
Quotes from Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 217-221.