James Hillman's A Terrible Love Of War

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Coming to Terms After all our reading for this class, after all our discussion, I have come to realize that there are no easy answers when it comes to stopping the human practice of War. If war is in our nature as a species, then we will repeat the action over and over, like a spirit damned in the underworld. If it is not in our nature, then we as a species purposely set out to create chaos and destruction, not only of human life, but to the cultural diversity and species of our planet. James Hillman states in his book, A Terrible Love of War, on page five, “If we want war’s horror to be abated so that life may go on, it is necessary to understand and imagine. We humans are the species privileged in regard to understanding…. It may even…show more content…
In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious... We can therefore study the collective unconscious in two ways, either in mythology or in the analysis of the individual.” (From The Structure of the Psyche, CW 8, pg. 325.). These images are undefined, and we, in our humanity endow them with meaning by giving attributes to the Archetypes in the myths. Jung believed that the primordial images are universal to humankind, already written in our unconscious, not changeable, yet when we became aware of them, through our intent or action, we become aware of the possibility of our behavior. Looking at the definition of Archetypes: 1. an original pattern, or model: prototype, (page 30, Webster’s New World Dictionary and Thesaurus.), I am struck by the words, original pattern (not necessarily the best), model (an example, can always be improved upon), prototype (something that is the first, made to work the problems out). Knowing this, we can then influence our behavior, knowing that the Archetype that is manifesting is not one that we want to feed or to continue in. This is what sets humankind apart, is that we can adapt and choose how we think and behave. Edward Tick asks the question “Are we…show more content…
I believe you can be a Warrior and not believe in war, and you can believe in war and not be a Warrior. Being a Soldier does not make you a Warrior; you have to choose to be a Warrior. In being a Warrior, you follow a moral code protecting those around you, doing what is moral and correct (action), which does not always align with ethical behavior which are standards set by societal expectations. An example would be of the society in Germany during Hitler’s rule. By following the ethical standards of the society at the time, the holocaust happened. However, there were many Germans who followed their moral standards, and chose to help their fellow human escape the persecution. Societal ethics are flexible, and fluctuate with the ‘power’ of the time. Moral standards go beyond Orthopraxy, government and are found in the individual themselves as a code of behavior. That does not mean they do not intersect with religious or societal ethics at times, it just means that the individual has taken the behavior as their

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