“Well, as Jean-Paul Sartre says in Barlett’s Familiar Quotations, “Hell is other people.”—Hocus Pocus, Kurt Vonnegut
“A Radically Condensed History of Postindustrial Life”
by David Foster Wallace
When they were introduced, he made a witticism, hoping to be liked. She laughed extremely hard, hoping to be liked. Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces. The man who’d introduced them didn’t much like either of them, though he acted as if he did, anxious as he was to preserve good relations at all times. One never knew, after all, now did one now did one now did one.
When they were introduced, he made a witticism, hoping to be liked. She laughed extremely hard, hoping to be liked. Then each drove home alone, staring straight ahead, with the very same twist to their faces.
The man who’d introduced them didn’t much like either of them, though he acted as if he did, anxious as he was to preserve good relations at all times. One never knew, after all, now did one now did one now did one.
Seriously, there is so much Deus Ex Machina in this show. Who let these writers get away with this…?
“I see you, and I know that my dreams are right, right a thousand times over, just as your dreams are. It is life and reality that are wrong. I understand it only too well, your dislike of politics, your despondence over the chatter and antics of the parties and the press, your despair over the war, the one that has been and the one that is to be, over all that people think, read, and build today, over the music they play, the celebrations they hold, the education they carry on. Whoever wants to live and enjoy his life today must not be like you and me. Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of insipidity, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.”
-Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf
“The Undiscovered Self” by Carl Jung
Together for the first time in one paperback volume are two of Jung’s major late works, in the version published in The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, as rendered by Jung’s official translator. “The Undiscovered Self” (1957) integrates many of Jung’s lifelong social and psychological concerns and addresses the uneasy relation between the individual and mass society. The survival of civilization, he maintains, depends on individual awareness of both the conscious and unconscious aspects of the human psyche. The exploration of the unconscious, in particular, leads to self-knowledge and with it recognition of the duality of human natureits potential for evil as well as for good. Jung believes that it is this self-knowledge that enables the individual to resist the collective power of mass society and the state and to cope with their possible threats. Jung’s reflections on self-knowledge and the exploration of the unconscious carry over into his essay “Symbols and the Interpretation of Dreams,” completed shortly before his death in 1961. (It is the original version of his introduction to the symposium Man and His Symbols, conceived as a popular presentation of Jungian ideas.) Describing dreams as communications from the unconscious—as expressions of aspects of the individual that have been neglected or unrealized—Jung explains how the symbols that occur in dreams compensate for repressed emotions and intuitions. In a world dehumanized, in Jung’s view, by scientific “progress” and the loss of emotional participation in natural events, symbols recall our original nature, its instincts and peculiar way of thinking. This essay brings together Jung’s fully evolved thoughts on the analysis of dreams and the healing of the rift between consciousness and the unconscious, in the context of his system of psychology.