Bitterness, Freedom, and the nature of God

I’m still stewing the creative juices.  I’m a little worried that I haven’t even committed myself to a specific medium of communication let alone written anything.  I do write stuff in my notebook.  One interesting shift I’ve made, is that I have decided that it is critical that I believe the solution to exist.  The problem of living environment, for example.  I simply postulate as an axiom that the suitable answer to my problem exists.  Perhaps it means that I have simply moved through all the negative possibilities in my mind and find myself right back where I am, still needing to solve the problem.  Action then proceeds under the assumption that I will find the positive solution.  Much of the harping on the negative comes from residual bitterness at Mother or Father, or some variation therein.  That bitterness comes essentially from a tension between how Mother or Father treated you, and how you currently believe the world is treating you.  If one has a proper view of the world then one is capable of facing it with all its harshness and still believing that a proper solution exists to your current dilemmas.  Indeed one’s view could have been badly distorted by Father or Mother, so I’m not saying the bitterness is unjustified.  But there may also be a component of Father or Mother’s behavior which is uncannily in line with the world.  Therefore you must face the world without Father or Mother to guide you.  How perverse, that the possibility could have entered your mind, that no solution exists for you!  How long, and how many, of father’s and mother’s Children languish and decay in that deep cavity where the light does not get in!  Read the Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz!  You are Free!  You are Free!

Jung himself is inclined to agree with both his admirers and his critics. His own conception of religion is so eclectic, that it embraces everything from Catholicism to Hinduism, Taoism and Zen Buddhism, and finds truth of some sort in nearly every form of dogma and ritual. “His principal weakness, aside from overeating,” a close associate recently remarked, “is his habit of seeing all points of view and agreeing with practically everybody.” “The idea an an all powerful being,” says Jung himself, “is present everywhere, if not consciously recognized, then unconsciously accepted…I consider it wiser to recognize the idea of God consciously; otherwise, something else becomes God, as a rule something quite inappropriate and stupid, such as only an ‘enlightened’ consciousness can devise.” – article on C.G. Jung from Time magazine, 1952

I like Jung’s point here.  I need not concede all aspects of the God that the monotheists insist on (such as the ridiculous notion that God is Good with no Evil in him???).  But to acknowledge no God at all will have someone like Josef Stalin or Saddam Hussein conflating his own existence with the notion of God in a ridiculous state of psychic inflation.  I grant the existence of a powerful God, and I think everyone else should too.  At the same time I don’t think that anyone need delude themselves with the privatio boni, the longstanding Christian delusion that God is all good.  God has in many ways much to account for.  Therefore the intelligent person must navigate between the need to hold God accountable for his wrongdoings and an appropriate humility before a much more powerful being.  I am still struggling with understanding how God can have omniscience at all since he seems to blunder his way through the creation, although humility tells me to spend more time on the problem.  Harsh judgments which come from bitterness are often part of the personal shadow and by no means to be attributed to external forces.


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