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Little Prince on Judging Oneself

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Little Prince on Judging Oneself

Wisdom of the Little Prince (6)

Before arriving on Earth, the Little Prince visits some asteroids. In the first, the Little Prince encounters a king of a kingdom without vassals. He was a sage, giving reasonable orders to the stars and the sun. When the Prince asked to see a sunset, the king consulted a book and told the Prince that he would order the sun to set at 19:40 hours. He explained to the Prince that, to be a good king, he had to give reasonable orders, and said that, if he ordered a general to fly like a butterfly, he should be blamed, not the general for not following his command.

The Little Prince wanted to continue his journey, and the king tried to attract him to stay, inviting him to be Minister of Justice of the Kingdom.

“The kingdom has no vassals. Whom should I judge?” Asked the Little Prince.

“You can judge yourself,” said the king “It is harder to judge yourself than to judge others. Only a sage can do it well.”

One of the problems we face in our journey through life is to recognize our shortcomings. We tend to project into others our deficiencies. The first stage in the journey of individuation is the recognition of our Shadow. The Shadow is an archetype where is stored all the repressed material generated in our journey through life. If we don’t recognize it, we tend to project its qualities into others. This is exemplified in the case of the scapegoat.

This king is a sage, but he has a big problem; he doesn’t know to how to make friends. He isolated himself from the world as many sages do. What a pity!

This is also a problem of the “puer aeternus”. They isolate themselves from human beings. Symbolically, they live on a different planet without space for others, even when they try to attract friends.

Antoine fled from grownups. For him, old age was a communicable disease.

If you want more of the wisdom of the Little Prince, please click on:

  1. Little Prince on Creativity
  2. Little Prince on Children Dreams
  3. Little Prince on Depression
  4. Little Prince on Giving up
  5. Little Prince on Puer Neurosis
  6. Little Prince on Judging Oneself
  7. Little Prince on Flattery

I’m Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian. I write Jungian books –  The Jungian Bible,  The Little Prince for Grownups — and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness.


O Pequeno Príncipe sobre Julgar a si mesmo

Sabedoria do Pequeno Príncipe (6)

Antes de chegar à Terra, o Pequeno Príncipe visita alguns asteroides. No primeiro, encontra um rei sem súditos. Ele era um sábio, dando ordens razoáveis para as estrelas e para o sol. Quando o príncipe pediu para ver um por do sol, o rei consultou um livro e disse ao príncipe que ele iria pedir ao sol para se pôr às 19:40 horas. Ele explicou ao príncipe que, para ser um bom rei, ele devia dar ordens razoáveis, e exemplificou dizendo que, se pedisse a um general voar como uma borboleta, ele deveria ser responsabilizado, não o geral por não atender ao seu comando.

O Pequeno Príncipe queria continuar sua jornada, mas o rei tentou atraí-lo para ficar no seu reino, convidando-o para ser Ministro da Justiça.

“O reino não tem vassalos. A quem devo julgar?” Perguntou o Pequeno Príncipe.

“Você pode julgar a si mesmo”, disse o rei “É mais difícil julgar a si mesmo que julgar aos outros. Somente um sábio pode fazê-lo bem.”

Um dos problemas que enfrentamos em nossa jornada da vida é reconhecer nossas falhas. Nós tendemos a projetar nossas deficiências em terceiros. A primeira etapa no caminho da individuação é o reconhecimento da nossa sombra. A Sombra é um arquétipo onde são armazenados o material recalcado gerado em nossa jornada pela vida. Se não reconhecermos este material, teremos a tendência de projetar suas qualidades em outros. Isto é exemplificado no caso do bode expiatório.

Este rei é um sábio, mas tem um grande problema. Não sabe como fazer amigos. Ele se isolou do mundo, como acontece com muitos sábios. Que pena!

Isto também é um problema do “puer aeternus”. Eles se isolam dos seres humanos. Simbolicamente, eles vivem em um planeta diferente, sem espaço para outros, mesmo quando tentam atrair amigos.

Antoine fugia de gente grande. Para ele, velhice era uma doença transmissível.

Você está convidado a conhecer outras pérolas da Sabedoria do Pequeno Príncipe, clicando em:

  1. Pequeno Príncipe sobre Criatividade
  2. Pequeno Príncipe sobre Sonhos de Criança
  3. Pequeno Príncipe sobre Depressão
  4. Pequeno Príncipe sobre Desistência
  5. Pequeno Príncipe sobre a Puer Neurose
  6. Pequeno Príncipe sobre Julgar a si mesmo
  7. Pequeno Príncipe sobre Adulação

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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