“The great problem of our time is that we don’t understand what is happening to the world. We are confronted with the darkness in our soul, the unconscious. It sends up its dark and unrecognizable urges. It hollows out and hacks up the shapes of our culture and historical dominants. We have no dominants any more… and our only certainty is that the new world will be something different from what we were used to.” - Carl Jung
In this quote from a 1960 letter to the art critic and historian Herbert Read, Carl Jung lays out a concern for the world that he had stated boldly in Face to Face, an interview carried out by John Freeman for the BBC. In the interview, Freeman, mentions Jung’s prediction of the second world war using his intuitive understanding of his own and his client’s dreams. Then he asks Jung if he foresees a third world war? Jung replies that he does not, but this twinkling-eyed great-grandfather speaks sternly that the great danger in the world at this time is humankind itself and its turning away from its own psyche.
In an earlier letter (1952 to R.J. Zwi Werblowsky) Jung sets out his own personal mission:
“I am, more specifically, simply a psychiatrist, for my essential problem, to which all my efforts are directed, is psychic disturbance: its phenomenology, aetiology and teleology. Everything else is secondary for me. I do not feel called upon to found a religion, nor to proclaim my belief in one. I am not engaged in philosophy, but merely in thinking within the framework of the special task that is laid upon me: to be a proper psychiatrist, a healer of the soul.”