Our Jung Society of Washington is dedicated to nourishing the human spirit and to serving the longing that comes to us in our dreams and in moments of hardship, imagination, struggle, and creativity. We support the exploration of our own psychic depths and the primal impulse for personality integration that Dr. Carl Gustav Jung called "individuation". With a psychological lens, we deepen the discussion of social issues, history, and current events. We encourage the development of greater self-awareness and creative expression—individually, in relationships, and within the community.
American Catastrophe: “I Can’t Breathe!”
In recent weeks we all watched a handcuffed, middle-aged black man slowly die, asphyxiated by a white policeman because of a twenty-dollar bill; we watched a young black man die by shot gun, having been chased by three white men (one a former policeman) in trucks because he was running in the “wrong” neighborhood; and we read about the killing of a young black woman awakened in her home at night and shot eight times by police who had broken into the wrong apartment. Even more recently a black man, asleep in his car, was awakened and ultimately shot dead as he ran from white police. And then there are the reports of five black men, found separately, hanging — each dead in a tree — all of which were officially declared “suspected suicides.” We are shocked, sickened, disheartened, sad, distraught, and guilty.
As Jung wrote in After the Catastrophe, white people are “possessed” by feelings of superiority to people of color, and the crimes that we and our forebears have committed against our darker brothers and sisters are “legion.“
Our savage atrocities are uncountable. In the unilluminated regions of our own souls, our felt superiority secretly thrives, fed by hidden shadows. But then we see it, close up, on our screens, and we hear it. We are horrified and shamed. We suspect our own complicit guilt, our own evil, but how do we live with it?
Dare we claim it? And what if we dare not?
Our profound immorality causes profound suffering, the depth of which we can imagine only barely. Yet we cannot undo, cannot resurrect, cannot heal, or even compensate. We join our voices with those of protesters against what we have witnessed and finally confessed: Black lives matter; let them breathe!
~April Barrett, president
Jung Society of Washington
While we have learned so much from Jung's explorations of the human psyche, we are also aware that he, a Eurocentric man of his time, was not above racial stereotypes and cultural condescension. We will continue to confess and explore such contradictions in our Society's educational offerings.
~Board of Directors
Jung Society of Washington
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