I was wondering how to put my feelings into words about what I see happening in the U.S. in its attempts to restrict people’s religious expression in the name of some neo-fascist agenda, and I came upon this poignant quote by C.G. Jung from 1957:
“In order to free the fiction of the sovereign state—in other words, the whims of those who manipulate it—from every wholesome restriction, all socio-political movements trending in this direction invariably try to cut the ground from under the religions. For, in order to turn the individual into a function of the State, his dependence on anything beside the State must be taken from him. But religion means dependence on and submission to the irrational facts of experience. These do not refer directly to social and physical conditions; they concern far more the individual’s psychic attitude.” – C.G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self, p. 19.
(c) Paul Dordal, 2014