Tuesday, April 30, 2024

A Jungian Response to Humanism

I gave a presentation Sunday, April 28 at the First Unitarian Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the topic "Not So Rational After All: A Response to Humanism" particularly with reference to humanism's emphasis on rationalism. I explored the powerful realm of the irrational and transcendent as experienced through Big Dreams, vision quests, synchronistic experiences, and the totally random process of consulting the Chinese book of wisdom, the I Ching. I also considered Native American philosopher and writer Vine Deloria, Jr's statement that Jungian psychology is the best western framework for relating to indigenous spirituality and shamanism. The talk starts at 4 minutes. Turn up the volume to hear the first question after the talk. To view the reference made to the brief analysis of the layers of the collective unconscious in relation to our dysfunctional relationship to the environment, google "Ecopsychology Voices with Dennis Merritt". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmz-TBS_PVI or google "First Unitarian YouTube Dennis Merritt"

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