Struck down by the Shadow

One of the concepts from Jung that I find really useful is the Shadow. The Shadow is that not-me part of us which we do our best to keep out of consciousness. And the more we identify with the brightness of light, the darker the shadow. So again and again we see politicians and other public figures who have represented themselves as moral crusaders or enforcers  falling prey to the public exposure of their shadowy underside.

"Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a Shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected and is liable to burst forth suddenly in a moment of unawareness. At all events, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions." C.G. Jung,  Collected Works, vol. 11: Psychology and Religion

And so it is with Eliot Spitzer, who shocked Spike yesterday.

"Reform politicians who hold themselves up as moral exemplars run the risk of not living up to their own self-proclaimed ethical standards. The financial transaction that was supposedly conducted in Room 871 of the Mayflower Hotel seems so tawdry in light of the glowing portrayal of Spitzer as "Wall Street's Top Cop" on the 2002 cover of Time magazine. The feeling of tragedy is unavoidable as the intense and wired Spitzer has gone from lion to laughingstock in just 14 short months as governor." Salon

Sometimes the Jungian in me has more to say than the knitter.

Still, in Maine the day dawned bright and sunny--


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