Why is Jung Important To Our Times
Jung’s psychology remains vital to the health of the individual, and thus to the world, because it is the only psychology that seeks the meaning of an individual’s life in his or her relationship to the problem of the opposites – good and evil, light and dark, love and hate.
God is an experience of the problem and its meaning. The collective God-image may “die,” but God does not. Jung’s entire life and the psychology that grew out of that life was centered on the experience of this reality. In a world taken over by one-sidedness and extremes, we have become dependent on quick fixes and easy answers. Jung brings us back to the notion that growth comes only through struggle, as we must also face the dark sides of our selves. We learn to value with a felt sense what is tangible and intangible, to trust our experiences, to trust our dreams, to trust the synchronicity of events -all offering us a glimpse at understanding something greater than ourselves. This may be contact with the numinous to help define the new god image for our time.
I understood that God whom we seek in the absolute was not to be found in absolute beauty, goodness, seriousness, elevation, humanity or even in godliness. Once the God was there. I understood that the new God would be in the relative. If the God is absolute beauty and goodness, how should he encompass the fullness of life, which is beautiful, and hateful, good and evil, laughable and serious, human and inhuman? How can man live in the womb of the God if the Godhead himself attends only to one-half of him?
C.G. Jung, Red Book