Will We Experience World War III? Jung’s Answer – Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences

“I think it depends on how many people can stand the tension of the opposites in themselves. If enough can do so, I think the situation will just hold, and we shall be able to creep around innumerable threats and thus avoid the worst catastrophe of all: the final clash of opposites in an atomic war. But if there are not enough and such a war should break out, I am afraid it would inevitably mean the end of our civilization as so many civilizations have ended in the past but on a smaller scale.”[2]As he did so often, Jung saw the individual as the key to the future: If there are enough individuals who are conscious, who recognize the reality of the opposites, who have done sufficient work on themselves to face and manage the opposites in themselves, then we might avoid this most horrendous of tragedies.[3]

Rather than outer actions, Jung stressed “single individuals”[36] who commit to their self-development, and by so doing, exert a positive influence in outer life. In other words, “walk your talk.” You want peace? Then be peace-filled.

Can we prevent World War III? Jung knew about the concept of the tipping point. He noted that “there are single individuals who are capable of developing. How great their total number is we do not know, …”[37] nor do we know just how many people would be required to tip the world into a higher level of consciousness.[38] But Jung knew that every person counts: “So much is at stake and so much depends on the psychological constitution of modern man. … does the individual know that he is the makeweight that tips the scales?”[39] You could be the person that prevents world war.

Will We Experience World War III? Jung’s Answer – Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences