Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation
From the Editor — Kathryn Madden
We all have our own images of evil and our own personal responses to the ways in which evil manifests itself. We may be suddenly thrust into the field of evil by a mother's frantic phone call — her college-age son murdered with a hot to the head by a .38; his girlfriend shot five times while reaching for her cell phone; the murderer, one of the best friends of the two he shot before he then killed himself — an act of jealous rivalry and untreated depression.
Edward Christopher Whitmont, M.D., December 5, 1912 – September 21, 1998
It has now been seven years since the death of Edward Christopher Whitmont in 1998. I myself never had the privilege of meeting Dr. Whitmont. What initiated a special tribute to him in this issue of Quadrant was the discovery of an unpublished manuscript on a subject that is all too relevant to our culture and time. In fact, “The Mystery of Evil” is extremely timely given the context of our global situation. As I have read and edited his piece, I feel like I have come to know something of the inner life and the soul of this man who has been said to have “had a restless nervous energy, a quick and creative mind … forever dissatisfied with what he knew, constantly exploring new avenues, prodded along by a Merlin-like quicksilvery intuition …” [and yet] led down “pathways that were misguided” (Kaufmann, p. 145). Was he?…
The Mystery of Evil — Edward C. Whitmont
Keywords: Jung, evil, privatio boni, nominalism, abnormlacy, ego-self relationship
The author explores the paradoxical phenomenon that despite “our vigorous endeavors to further the good,” what we experience as evil not only stubbornly persists but appears to have increased in strength. All “optimistic claims of progress” aside, evil recurs again and again and is seen as that which disrupts the ego-Self relationship. The author argues that what is needed is an “acceptance of life as an endless search, an uncertain way of choice, error, and ignorance — for the sake of God.”
Edward Christopher Whitmont: Bibliography. Kristine Mann Library Holdings
Evil — Ann Belford Ulanov
Keywords: shadow, personal, collective, archetypal evil, tragic view, unverifiable faith
Evil is a mystery, not a problem to be solved or eradicated. The psyche speaks of it with its own images, which is a most effective way to approach its dynamics in clinical work. Evil imposes its own logic and depth psychologists locate it in different parts of the psyche. Jung takes up the fact of evil with the most persistence and distinguishes its personal, collective, and archetypal dimensions. I propose the hinge of evil to describe how our personal shadow tips us into collective evil in society and exposes us to its archetypal force. Facing evil in itself — its archetypal dimension — presses us to consciousness of what we believe about reality and how evil fits into it. I offer two examples, Jung's and my own.
Book Reviews — Beth Darlington, Book Review Editor
A Terrible Love of War — James Hillman. Penguin Press, 2004. Reviewed by Gary Trosclair
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