The World Within | C.G.Jung


The World Within | C.G.Jung

In early childhood, a character is already there. You see, a child is not born tabula rasa, as one assumes. A child is born as a high complexity with existing determinants that never wavers through their whole life that gives the child his character. Already at the earliest childhood, a mother recognizes the individuality of her child and, as always, if you observe carefully you will see the tremendous difference, even in very small children and these particularities express themselves in every way. So, first, they express themselves in all childish activities, in the way how it plays into things it is interested in…These interests, they express themselves in typically childish ways, and they express themselves in other particularities, which are still the same, but it doesn’t come from the fact that they once have done such-and-such a thing in childhood. It is the character that is doing it. There is a definite inherited complexity. We are born into a pattern, We are a pattern. We are a structure that is pre-established through the genes… Man has a certain pattern that makes him specifically human. No man is born without it. We are only deeply unconscious of these facts because we live all by our senses, and outside of ourselves. If a man could look into himself he could discover it. And when a man discovers it, in our days, he thinks he’s crazy.

When you observe the world, you see people, you see houses, you see the sky, you see tangible objects; but when you observe yourself within, you see moving images.

A world of images, generally known as fantasies.

Yet these fantasies are facts. It is a fact that a man has such and such a fantasy, and it is such a tangible fact for instance that when a man has a certain fantasy, another man may lose his life, or a bridge is built.

These houses were all fantasies. Everything you do here, all of the houses, everything was fantasy to begin with.

And, fantasy has a proper reality…that is not to be forgotten. Fantasy is not nothing. It is of course not a tangible object, but it is a fact nevertheless. It is a form of energy, despite the fact we can’t measure it.

It is a manifestation of something, and that is a reality. That is just a reality as, for instance, the peace treaty of Versailles, or something like that. It is no more, you can’t show it; but it has been a fact.

So psychical events are facts, are realities; and when you observe the stream of images within, you observe an aspect of the world, of the world within.

And so, you see, the man who is going by the external world, by the influences of the external world, say…society or sense perceptions, thinks that he he is more valid, you know, because this is valid, this is real. And the man who goes by the subjective factor is not valid, because subjective factor is nothing.

No! That man is just as well based, because he bases himself upon the world from within.

And so, he is quite right, even if he says, “Oh, it is nothing but my fantasy.”

That is the introvert.

The introvert is always afraid of the external world. He will tell you when you ask him, he will be apologetic about it. He’ll say, “Of course, yes, I know it is only my fantasies.” And he has always a resentment. And as the world in general, particularly America, is extroverted like hell, the introvert has no place – because he doesn’t know that he beholds the world from within.

Nowadays, particularly, the world hangs on a thin thread, and that is the psyche of man…You see, nowadays, we are not threatened by elemental catastrophes – there’s no such thing as an H (hydrogen) bomb – that is all man’s doing. We are the great danger! The psyche is the great danger! What if something goes wrong with the psyche? It is demonstrated to us in our days what the power of psyche is of man, how important it is to know something about it – but we know nothing about it.

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