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Joseph Campbell on how to settle world’s problems – Wisdom Quotes (1)

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Wisdom Quotes (1) – Settling the world’s problems – Joseph Campbell and Jung

Joseph Campbell was a mythologist whom I consider to be one of the greatest sages of the XX century. In his book, Reflections on the Art of Living he says: “When we talk about settling the world’s problems, we are 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 out our own lives.”

This may sound odd to idealistic people, convinced that he/she can change the world, the country, the city. This was my view some years ago, but life taught me that Campbell is right.

Jung said that every gain in consciousness each human being attains is stored in the collective unconscious for all humanity. So, that should be our goal – improve ourselves. Gain more consciousness.

If you want to improve the world, improve yourself. This way, you will help the world to be a better place.

Como consertar os problemas do mundo?

Joseph Campbell era um mitólogo. Eu o considero um dos grandes sábios do século XX. Em seu livro – Reflexões Sobre a Arte de Viver – ele disse: “Quando falamos em solucionar os problemas do mundo, estamos redondamente enganados. O mundo é perfeito. É uma baderna. Sempre foi uma baderna. Nós não vamos mudá-lo. Nossa tarefa consiste em endireitar nossa própria vida.”

Carl Jung, outro grande sábio, disse que o ganho de consciência que cada ser humano consegue fica guardado no inconsciente coletivo para uso de toda a humanidade. Portanto, este deve ser nosso objetivo.

Se você quiser mudar o mundo, mude você primeiro. Desse modo, você estará ajudando o mundo a se tornar um lugar melhor.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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