Civilization in Transition (The Collected Works of C. G. by C. G. Jung

By C. G. Jung

Essays concerning the modern scene and at the relation of the person to society, together with papers written in the course of the Twenties and Thirties targeting the upheaval in Germany, and significant works of Jung's final years, The Undiscovered Self and alien craft.

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In its sister-religion, Mithraism, which was also Christianity's most successful rival, the central symbol of the cult was the sacri­ fice not of a ram but of a bull. The usual altarpiece showed the overcoming of the bull by the divine saviour Mithras. We have, therefore, a very close historical connection between Christianity and the bull sacrifice. Christianity suppressed this animal ele­ ment, but the moment the absolute validity of the Christian faith is shaken, that element is thrust into the foreground again.

87 Once again, I can only explain this difference as a compen­ sation by contraries. A man, in his conscious activity, plans ahead and seeks to create the future, while it is a specifically feminine trait to rack one's brains over such questions as who was somebody's great-great-aunt. But it is just this feminine passion for genealogies that comes out very clearly in Rider Haggard, garnished with Anglo-Saxon sentiment, and in Benoit the same thing is served up with the spicy admixture of a chronique scandaleuse.

This part has to be known, of course, but the other parts are equally impor­ tant, and particularly the question I have touched on here con­ cerning the relation between conscious and unconscious. A bio­ logically trained eye is not sufficient to grasp this problem, for in practice it is more than a matter of eugenics, and the obser­ vation of human life in the light of self-preservation and propa­ gation is too one-sided. Certainly the unconscious presents us with very different aspects; but so far we have fixed our atten­ tion too much on certain outward peculiarities, for instance the archaic language of the unconscious, and have taken it all quite literally.

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