Being that I was born in the latter half of the 20th C, I was born into a world whose landscape had been altered by perception changes. These were not merely effected by propaganda, as fundamental reality has a way of bleeding around and through propaganda. Propaganda is certainly an effective tool — repeated tropes do indeed forge pathways in the mind that become ruts, as it were — but more must be done to alter the mind and body in the way it’s wired to respond to the world.
These alterations can be made through chronic stress and trauma such as an entire generation of latchkey kids who suffered from their parents’ ease of divorce, as well as through prescription medications such as birth control pills. This is not a thesis on how perceptions were changed; rather, it’s a setting of the scene for why I am the way I am, and why the world around me appears at times to be a Through the Looking Glass world of absurd madness.
It has been my goal since high school to unpack the perceptions, and this began with baby steps. One of the first big steps I took was to write my senior paper, the one all students had to write in order to graduate, on whether feminism was compatible with Christianity. My conclusions were not entirely favorable toward feminism. In case you’re wondering, I was not a good student; Cs were par for the course, but the sting from the C I earned on that paper irritated me for a long time. Oh, I knew I wasn’t a great writer. One who doesn’t practice essays doesn’t come out of the gate writing stellar ones. Still, I worked harder on that paper than on any other schoolwork up to that point.
Now, after all these years of unpacking, it is my contention that feminism doesn’t merely have compatibility issues with Christianity. It’s a mental illness that causes its sufferers to fundamentally misunderstand nature, who we are as humans, and ultimately Christianity itself, if we understand the archetypes of Christianity to be fundamentally true. It’s a mental illness that’s so widespread that even the conservative, non-feminist types are still largely feminist in their thinking. And it’s a mental illness that psychiatrist Carl Jung spotted at the turn of the 20th C.
Carl Jung noted at that time the way modernism had cut humans off from the meaning they had once derived from religion and ritual practice and the archetypes their religion and ritual practice upheld. His observations on the mental illnesses of his time are powerful. They should have awakened us, but they did not. Instead, the world of the 20th C rejected Jung.
He isn’t popular with scientists because he placed his emphasis on a non-material spiritual reality rather than a pscyho-sexual development that could be measured scientifically. He is not popular with the zeitgeist of the day because he was not a good feminist role model: he’s considered to be a bit of a misogynist due to his beliefs, as well as his treatment of women (he had a number of extramarital affairs); in addition to noting that the new breed of masculine women were mentally ill, he saw the same imbalances in homosexuals. He is not popular with the extant Christianity of the western world because he ultimately didn’t view Christianity as any different from the other religious practices of the world. In fact, the mythos of Christ diverges from other mythos in certain key aspects, which, to a Jungian, give it a sense of “not being quite right.”
It’s no wonder that, for this blog post and some others I have been planning to write, I can’t immediately find on the internet any salient quotes from Jung, backing my assertion that he saw feminism as a mental illness. He has been largely forgotten in many ways, except owing to a few ideas that resonated with humanity. Those ideas, such as the concepts of the anima and animus, introversion and extroversion, have been hijacked by a world of feminism (and snowflake-ism and navel-gazing). In fact, one of the first articles that came up in a Google search was from this (apparently) anti-feminist site called The Rational Male. In this man’s article, he makes the point that the concept of anima and animus has bred confusion about what it means to be masculine and feminine. However, this is the aftereffect of a world that hijacked Jung’s thoughts and used them for their own devices. For the record, the other top posts were from feminine perspectives on Jung.
This blog post is really just a setup for another article I want to write on the nature of male and female and why I believe feminism is a mental illness. I wanted to first give you an idea of where I’m coming from, and an idea about Carl Jung and his vision of the world, as my analysis in recent years has been heavily influenced by Jungian tropes.