Friday, July 23, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021
“You would invite illness, indeed, if you should give up your conscious and rational orientation,” wrote the psychologist Carl Jung. “On the other hand, it is equally true that life is not only rational. To a certain extent, you have to keep your senses open to the nonrational aspects of existence…”
“The unconscious itself is neither tricky nor evil — it is nature, both beautiful and terrible… The best way of dealing with the unconscious is the creative way…”
“By keeping quiet, repressing nothing, remaining attentive, and by accepting reality — taking things as they are, and not as I wanted them to be — by doing all this, unusual knowledge has come to me, and unusual powers as well, such as I could never have imagined before. I always thought that when we accepted things they overpowered us in some way other. This turns out not to be true at all, and it is only by accepting them that one can assume an attitude toward them.”
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021
Friday, July 16, 2021
“In the pre-Hitler time, this section of Berlin, Kochstrasse, used to be the Fleet Street of Berlin,” Stefan Gänsicke told me in a 1990 interview. “During the Weimer Republic, something like 140 dailies poured forth from two blocks around here, and were sold all over Germany.”
Berlin in the 1920s as seen by painter Leo Lesser Ury
Gänsicke, an executive editor with Germany’s Springer publishing empire, continued, “And most of those papers were anti-Hitler, liberal, democrat. And yet these newspapers, in the pre-Hitler time, did not make cohesive or deliberate or conscientious efforts to build a dam against the brown tide, against the Nazis coming to power. They did not alert the Germans and the European neighbors to what all of us, Germans and Europeans, were in for once Hitler came to power.
“(Publisher Axel) Springer thought this was something like a negative entry in history for the media not to have obstructed, or tried to obstruct, Hitler’s way to power.”
I’ve thought of that interview often in the decades since. It haunted me as I watched with increasing alarm and disbelief while American journalism failed to fight the rise of fascism in just the way that the German editor described.