Monday, April 24, 2006

The Jung And The Restless

"There are no longer any gods whom we can invoke to help us. The great religions of the world suffer from increasing anemia, because the helpful numina have fled from the woods, rivers, and mountains, and from animals, and the god-men have disappeared underground into the unconscious. There we fool ourselves that they lead an ignominious existence among the relics of our past. Our present lives are dominated by the goddess Reason, who is our greatest and most tragic illusion."
Carl Jung (On The Religious Function Of The Psyche- 1961)

I stumbled upon this quote quite accidentally while examining a book which my teenage daughter was reading. The book itself is called "Low Red Moon" by: Caitlin R. Kiernan. It is an occult horror novel, which I really ought to read and do a critical commentary on. In fact, as I have been undergoing a career change, literary criticism from my unique point of view, seems like an interesting endeavor to explore. But, as I embark on this new venture into literary criticism, I will start with this startling and profound quote by Carl Jung.