The Oedipus Myth
The Oedipus myth is one of the most popular myths of ancient Greece. Oedipus meets his father at a crossroads, and not knowing that he was his real father, kills him in combat. Then he marries his mother, also not knowing whom she is. For these errors, Oedipus is cruelly punished by the gods. His mother kills herself, he rips his own eyes and leads a life of penance.
The notoriety of this myth is due to the importance attributed to it by Freud, who saw in it the sexual attraction of the child for his mother and his animosity with his father. (Oedipus Complex)
Looking at the myth superficially, it seems that life has committed a serious injustice with Oedipus. He killed his father, but did not know whom he was. He married his mother also without knowing whom she was.
However, looking from the Jungian point of view, we can take an important lesson from this myth, even more valuable than Freud´s one. Oedipus was punished because life does not accept unconsciousness. Oedipus did not know whom he was, did not know his father and his mother. Life severely punishes unconsciousness.
According to Jung, each human being comes into the world not to be happy, not to be good. The objective of human life is to increase his consciousness. Also, according to Jung, the gains of consciousness by every human being are stored in the collective unconscious of humanity for the use of all future generations.
This should be the goal of every human being: to raise his consciousness and, in this process to evolve, to become a better human being and to help the progress of humanity.