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"Modern life seems to condemn us to live in an awe-depleted, efficiency driven world, where reductionism runs rampant and big questions about life are all but eradicated". (The New Existentialist)

Hello and welcome to Perennial thought and philosophies …..

This is a reading and discussion group.

Ideally, we will read an assignment or watch some footage, and then meetup to share our respective engagement with the assignment. A discussion will ensue of which I will facilitate (~2 hours).

Your participation is invaluable.

Membership is open to people with or without a background in philosophy/psychology. In any case, an earnest fidelity to the discussion/assignment is mandatory.

In addition, an interdisciplinary/integral attitude to the material is encouraged and all ideological perspectives are welcomed.

Western and Eastern material will be explored; from the Axial Age to late-modernity, from Reason to Revelation, from magic to quantum physics.

Our daily lives are full of experiences that keep us busy, preoccupied and dormant. Yet, every now and again, we find ourselves drawing-back, reflecting, and wondering; what is it all about?

Perhaps a new consciousness might momentarily emerge; a ripple of truth appear ......

So, let's meetup, discuss, pause, reflect and then leave each conversation with a perspective wider, deeper, and richer than the one we had when entering it. A perennial awakening?

Upcoming events (3)

online, 3 of 4 : "ANSWER to JOB", by CG Jung (what is evil ?)

Required reading assignment : "Answer to Job" by CG Jung. From Psychology and Religion, vol. 11, CWs The essay is only 108 pages yet dense and at times impenetrable. For our 3rd meetup, lets read from section 10 to section 13, pp. 54- 82. Again, "Answer to Job" is Jung's examination of the symbolic role that theological concepts (ie: god, evil, wisdom) play in humanity's psychic life. "We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself. He is the great danger, and we are pitifully unaware of it. We know nothing of man, far too little. His Psyche should be studied, because we are the origin of all coming evil." (Jung). Here's a PDF file: https://politiko.al/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/C.-G.-Jung-Answer-to-Job-Princeton-University-Press-1952.pdf

online, 4 of 4 : "ANSWER to JOB", by CG Jung (what is evil ?)

Required reading assignment : "Answer to Job" by CG Jung. From Psychology and Religion, vol. 11, CWs The essay is only 108 pages yet dense and at times impenetrable. For our Final meetup, lets read from section 14 to section 20, pp. 82- 108. Again, "Answer to Job" is Jung's examination of the symbolic role that theological concepts (ie: god, evil, wisdom) play in humanity's psychic life. "We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists is man himself. He is the great danger, and we are pitifully unaware of it. We know nothing of man, far too little. His Psyche should be studied, because we are the origin of all coming evil." (Jung). Here's a PDF file: https://politiko.al/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/C.-G.-Jung-Answer-to-Job-Princeton-University-Press-1952.pdf Again, this will be our final meetup for this particular Jungian essay. Thank you everyone for participating. I hope to continue our exploration of Jungian thought with another essay or book.

RED BOOK by CG Jung

Online event

I will compose a description before early September. We will have approximately "8-12 meetups" for Jung's Red Book. Again, details are forthcoming. NOTE : Presently, there are no copies of the Red Book online. So please procure your own copy and start reading. A READER's edition is available on Amazon for approximately $26.

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