As I’ve been busy today catching up on errands I neglected to run over the weekend and collecting notes for a paper due next week, I chanced upon a passage in Carl Jung‘s Psychology and Religion, a most excellent book, upon which I had intended to blog:
A mere suppression of the shadow is just as little of a remedy as is beheading against headache. To destroy a man’s morality does not help either, because it would kill his better self, without which even the shadow makes no sense. The reconciliation of these opposites is a major problem, and even in antiquity it bothered certain minds.
While I expect to say more about this in a subsequent post, I think this passage really gets at the essence of our sexuality. On the one hand, we have religious fundamentalists who want us to limit our sexuality, those who see beheading as remedy against a headache. And on the other we have the “sexual fundamentalists” who see morality an unnecessary limitation on our sexuality.
One would have us repress our sexuality, the other our morality.
Jung understand that neither side had the answer, but suggests that each of us must find it in reconciliation these (apparent) opposites.
Something to ponder.