The Poorest Of All Beggars

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“And so, acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem, and the acid test of one’s whole outlook on life. That I feed the beggar – that I forgive an insult – that I love my enemy in the name of Christ – all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren that I do unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least amongst them all – the poorest of all beggars – the most impudent of all offenders – yea the very fiend himself – that these are within me? And that I myself stand in need of the arms of my own kindness. That I myself am the enemy that must be loved. What then?

Then, as a rule, the whole truth of Christianity is reversed. There is then no more talk of love and long suffering. We say to the brother within us: Rocca, and condemn and rage against ourselves. We hide him from the world. We deny ever having met this least among the lowly in ourselves. And had it been God himself who drew near to us in this despicable form, we should have denied him a thousand times before a single cock had crowed.” – Carl Gustav Jung

 

2 thoughts on “The Poorest Of All Beggars

  1. oiltranslator July 12, 2017 / 9:54 AM

    Meh. To be truly righteous in altruism–this is what they mean by morality, is it not?–you really need to let your own child starve in order to give the milk to the neighbor’s child. To them, that’s love.

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    • Thomas Hill July 12, 2017 / 9:59 AM

      If you have read Jung’s work, you will know he was a individualist and warned of people being reduced to statistical “social units” to be fed, housed, and conformed to the hive mentality. Are you referring to Cultural Marxists twisting the story of Christ and his message?

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