Dear Jean, Dear Peter, thank you both for the many layers of surface and depth presented.
I am struck by a number of points particularly the comment that “Jung’s psychology is not suited to the work of forming conscious groups” yet many of us have indeed turned towards this task. Another is the raw freshness of being a “frontier organization” truly a “lost in space” place and feeling. Ultimately we as Jungian’s, or inspired by Jung and post Fruedian and Jungian theory, are the myth keepers, the holders of the old stories and in charge of keeping the myths alive. We are the very ones tasked with dreaming onwards. Jean’s rich essay explores a number of angles, I am drawn to the idea of the Titans revolting against the father and thus the world that we inhabit and shaped by us is Titanic! We are the “overreachers”.
We here in America inventd and built the internet, DARPA the research arm of the military was instrumental in its development. A need existed to automatically switch to alternative command and intercontinental ballistic missile control facilities if one or more were destroyed by a nucleur holocust perpetrated on us by the Russians. It was a MAD time! To me this is a simiar stroy to that of Prometheus, who evoked the rage of Zeus, who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humankind.
The internet is our modern fire, just 50 years in the making and reshaping every aspect of group making, of online spaces that are lost in translation and space, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and all online communities and discussions including our own – the IAJS discussion list. The the maintenance and renewal of democracy is at stake, cultural complexes are being born and existing ones aggravated. Depth psychology is a tad over 115 years old and now, the internet of things is tomorrows sunrise, truly we are living in Titanic times, probably the greatest shake up in global communication since Gutenberg in 1455.
If the Jungian project stumbles, it will not be because of a lack of depth, vision or practitioners, it will be because we fail at mapping out our new directions and setting sail into the psychosolar winds of humanities cultural future.
Interestingly our modern day Prometheun project, the internet is at an identical cross roads. “If the Internet stumbles, it will not be because we lack for technology, vision, or motivation. It will be because we cannot set a direction and march collectively into the future.” http://www.internetsociety.org/internet/what-internet/history-internet/brief-history-internet
Our project is not in its sunset stage, it is in our East and it is an infant, we are the ones to forge its protocols, and wrestle new meanings from the old myths and archetypes.
Michael Glock Ph.D.