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Can society play the god role?

Posted on April 21, 2009. Filed under: Ethics, Jung | Tags: |

Have been pondering whether it is essential to embrace a concept of God to displace the ego-self from the centre of the universe, as part of Jung’s indidivuation process. Just imagining addressing a group of professional bodies…. I am happy to see ethics as a fundamentally spiritual issue but don’t want to close off discussion or limit ethical debate to a branch of theology.

In yesterday’s excellent supervision meeting it was suggested I look at transpersonal psychology which faced the same issue in trying to adapt Jungian ideas for a secular age… they place humans in the god-archetype role, leading to a humanistic ethics. This also meets the generic spirituality I am aiming for/embodying in the project.

Plenty more to find out but my guess is that it would then become possible to suggest that a professional body needs to locate its self-interests in the wider context of humanity in order to gain a deeper perspective. Most professional codes and bodies claim to be of benefit to society – it’s one of the hallmarks of a profession – but tend not to elaborate on what they mean by the word and largely end up serving other institutions anyway.

I want to emphasise a more profound sense of operating in a global humanistic context of mutual relationship and interdependency which feels more in keeping with both my and Jung’s values – may still be laughed at in practice, but worth saying.

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