Wisdom of Joseph Campbell
When we talk about setting the world´s problems, we´re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It´s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten up our own lives.
Human beings have a tendency to blame others for their mistakes. In psychology, this is called projection.
Not able to blame themselves for the problems of their lives – not able to absorb their projections – they blame the outside world. They think that the world is the reason for their unhappiness. They think they have to change the world.
Since the Renaissance, the world has seen an increase of individualism. After the Middle Ages, with the rise of rationality, we saw a reduction of the influence of the Christian churches. Not accepting a metaphorical reading of the Bible and of the Church´s dogmas, Christianity suffered from the development of science. After Darwin, humans refuse to accept that God created the world in six days, refuse to accept many other stories of the Bible. They don´t believe in the stories of the Bible as historical facts, but these stories carry important psychological teachings when read metaphorically, as I show in my book The Jungian Bible.
Not finding solace in the flock of believers, human beings embraced other ideas. Some choose whatever ism attracts their fancy; communism, socialism, fundamentalism, ecology, etc. Nothing against their pursuits, as long as they do not think they will save the world, or the country.
Others choose not to believe in an afterlife. They try to get rich and to find happiness in this life. They carve immediate pleasures.
Each human being that gains more conscience contributes to the increase of consciousness of the whole world because the gains of each individual are stored in the collective unconscious of humanity. And the world will turn into a better place to live.
I am Roberto Lima Netto, a writer who seeks to present, in easy words, the ideas of Carl Jung and of notable mystics and sages. I also write fiction, always trying to convey lessons of life. After all, Jesus taught us that the stories are the best way to present ideas. Some of my books are: The Little Prince for Grownups, The Jungian Bible, The Amazon Shaman and In Search of Happiness, and A Boy, a metaphor for life, all available in Amazon and Kindle.