A man who is unconscious of himself acts in a blind, instinctive way and is in addition fooled by all the illusions that arise when he sees everything that he is not conscious of in himself coming to meet him from outside as projections upon his neighbor. ("The Philosophical Tree", 1945).I would like to take this a step further and submit the idea that our country has a shadow side. We value capitalism and business success, don't we? Isn't that the American dream -- to make it big? But what is the shadow side of that? How about:
- doing anything (including abandoning a moral code) to win
- looking at others as winners or losers, not as fellow humans
- using people, not valuing them
- measuring one's value by external means (money, possessions, etc.) rather than by one's character
- focusing on short-term gains rather than the benefit of future generations
- seeing Nature as something to be exploited rather than cherished and taken care of
I'm sure you could add to that list as well. But, the question awaits, what can we do about it?
More on that next time.