“… any more than intelligence is.” When I was practicing I called the law “The church of reason.” I did so because the law believes it is a reasonable person standard that is the norm for behavior. At least in criminal law it was. I do however believe that is was all of the law that used the “reasonable person,” standard to predict what “normal” behavior was. The underlying premise, which was never nor is it ever articulated anywhere in a treatise that everyone follows, is that someone, or a group of people can decide what is the behavior that is going to be determined to be deemed “reasonable.”
Now I dont have a problem with a large majority of what is reasonable, but when it comes to “mental health,” issues, I dont believe that those who have not suffered the debilitation that comes from Treatment Resistant Major Depressive Order(just using my own classification as a benchmark) can create any “reasonable person” with Treatment Resistant Major Depressive Disorder to be able to articulate any sense of what predictive analysis let alone treatment they can come up with.
I will give an analogy that I think is applicable. I have an “uncle” who is a professor of psychology at a very prestigious university. He is a man with a Ph.D and he is renowned in his field. However, he is not even aware that his suffering, which is not in his conscious reality, is clouding his ability to understand what and how people suffer from those deep seated, sometimes quite often forgotten emotional conflicts. I tried one time to talk with him and hopefully get him to see that his shadow was getting in the way of helping others who were as neurotic as he is/was.(He had a nervous facial tic that was so prevalent that he went to a doctor to get medication for it instead of seeing that it was a manifestation of his dis-ease. His weight was another issue he could not see as being related to his inner self.) But he would have nothing of it. He let me know that he was highly educated and knew more than others did about psychology. I said nothing because I could see that he needed to be “right,” instead of being helpful. That is what reason can do for us.
“Clearly the anti-mythological trend is due to the difficulties we have in clinging on to our previous mythological tenets of belief.” We hold onto reason because we have lost the ability to see that the mythical animals and other heros of worlds long ago have been replaced by one iconic hero whose life was an alegory is now seen as a literal historic event that truly took place in the exact same way that those who were “followers,” of his said it did.
To the victor goes history. But the iconic life of the one “true” mythical hero we espouse as being a literal life does not allow for the mythical creatures that our heros of mythological times slayed and befriended to be considered. This takes away imagination and when it is gone, then the vacuum has to be filled with something and we now have the “reason,” of men from over 2000 years ago telling us what really happened there. The taking away of the imagination has other effects. People stop seeing life as a mystery that needs to be lived and see life as a journey that will hopefully get us into a place “better,” than this world.
The power of reason can allow us to strip the earth of the resources in it, since we no longer see the Ggods and Ggoddesses as being from the earth. Our only Ggod lives on a cloud high up in a place where we should aspire to go. But using reason, did not the Ggod we think created this thing called earth give it to us for us to glorify in this Ggods name? Why are we then harming it and concomitantly ourselves.
This whole one Ggod is poppycock! Okay I apologize to all my friends who believe in “it.” It is a great myth though!
123 RV, SA, AMA, FB, HF, JW, JEW, PH, PA!
Quotes from Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 482-488
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