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Reply To: In the Stillness of Love’s Madness, with Mythologist Norland Têllez


    Thank you Shaheda,

    Yes, the tragic ending of Oscar Wilde is an apt example of the way Love and Death hang in the same metaphysical space of the death drive. They represent two fundamental perspectives on the circular movement of the soul’s immortal logic. To that effect, I’ll give you here Jung’s full quote:

    “Despite appearances to the contrary, the establishment of order and the dissolution of what has been established are at bottom beyond human control. The secret is that only that which can destroy itself is truly alive. It is well that these things are difficult to understand and thus enjoy a wholesome concealment, for weak heads are only too easily addled by them and thrown into confusion. From all these dangers dogma—whether ecclesiastical, philosophical, or scientific—offers effective protection, and, looked at from a social point of view, excommunication is a necessary and useful consequence.” (CW12: 73-74¶93)

    What Jung alludes to, in the end, is the scapegoating mechanism upon which the the experience of the sacred is rooted, not only in archaic cultures but also even in contemporary life. Like René Girard, Jung seems to recognize the “usefulness” of not only excommunication but a fortiori of sacrificial slaughter.

    Next month, when we explore Campbell’s Primitive Mythology we’ll have a chance to elaborate this theme which in its turn makes a connection between Death and the Sacred.