1950s blast from the past: Carl Jung’s message to Mr. Harrison at the New Republic newspaper is up for auction

Carl Jung, author of Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky. (From Vols. 10 and 18, Collected Works)claimed in a letter to  Mr. Harrison (an editor at the New Republic) that unidentified flying objects do exist. The letter was originally written in 1957 and just recently went up for auction at Swann Auction Galleries.  Mr. Harrison wrote a letter to Jung first, asking him to write a UFO article for the New Republic magazine for the launch of his book. The message up for auction appears to be a response to Mr. Harrison’s proposal.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Jung was primarily interested in the psychological aspects of UFOs rather than collecting physical evidence that they exist. His research was centered around how the high number of UFO sightings might have been a societal response to the pressures of the 1950s.  Whether or not these mysterious objects are extraterrestials from another galaxy or some other alien construct remains up for debate. One thing, however, was certain in Jung’s mind: People didn’t imagine the mysterious objects in the skies; They had simply begun to take notice of the physical entities traversing the outer limits of the atmosphere.

Read more about Jung’s UFO letter here: http://www.openminds.tv/carl-jung-ufo-letter-up-for-auction-1025/

Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky. (From Vols. 10 and 18, Collected Works)
C. G. Jung 

“In the threatening situation of the world today, when people are beginning to see that everything is at stake, the projection-creating fantasy soars beyond the realm of earthly organizations and powers into the heavens, into interstellar space, where the rulers of human fate, the gods, once had their abode in the planets…. Even people who would never have thought that a religious problem could be a serious matter that concerned them personally are beginning to ask themselves fundamental questions. Under these circumstances it would not be at all surprising if those sections of the community who ask themselves nothing were visited by `visions,’ by a widespread myth seriously believed in by some and rejected as absurd by others.”–C. G. Jung, in Flying Saucers

Jung’s primary concern in Flying Saucers is not with the reality or unreality of UFOs but with their psychic aspect. Rather than speculate about their possible nature and extraterrestrial origin as alleged spacecraft, he asks what it may signify that these phenomena, whether real or imagined, are seen in such numbers just at a time when humankind is menaced as never before in history. The UFOs represent, in Jung’s phrase, “a modern myth.”