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Towards a harmonious relationship

Many questions annoy me.

One is Racism.

“Racism takes many forms and can happen in many places. It includes prejudice, discrimination or hatred directed at someone because of their colour, ethnicity or national origin.

People often associate racism with acts of abuse or harassment. However, it doesn’t need to involve violent or intimidating behaviour. Take racial name-calling and jokes. Or consider situations when people may be excluded from groups or activities because of where they come from.

Racism can be revealed through people’s actions as well as their attitudes. It can also be reflected in systems and institutions. But sometimes it may not be revealed at all. Not all racism is obvious. For example, someone may look through a list of job applicants and decide not to interview people with certain surnames.

Racism is more than just words, beliefs and actions. It includes all the barriers that prevent people from enjoying dignity and equality because of their race”

The above definition is by Google.

I remember reading the Psychologist Carl Jung some decades ago, where he says about racist consciousness. I don’t remember his exact words but he meant to suggest that racial consciousness surges up, when a crisis is created by some forces.

My purpose here to know more about Carl Jung, so that some readers may benefit from the summary I gleaned by Googling again.

Carl Gustav Jung - 1875-1961- was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology.

Jung’s work was influential in the fields of psychiatry, anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and religious studies. Jung worked as a research scientist at the famous Burghölzli hospital, under Eugene Bleuler. During this time, he came to the attention of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. The two men conducted a lengthy correspondence and collaborated, for a while, on a joint vision of human psychology.

Freud saw the younger Jung as the heir he had been seeking to take forward his “new science” of psychoanalysis and to this end secured his appointment as President of his newly founded International Psychoanalytical Association.

Jung’s research and personal vision, however, made it impossible for him to bend to his older colleague’s doctrine, and a schism became inevitable. This division was personally painful for Jung, and it was to have historic repercussions lasting well into the modern-day.

Among the central concepts of analytical psychology is individuation—the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of each individual’s conscious and unconscious elements. Jung considered it to be the main task of human development. He created some of the best known psychological concepts, including synchronicity, archetypal phenomena, the collective unconscious, the psychological complex, and extraversion and introversion.

Jung was also an artist, craftsman and builder as well as a prolific writer. Many of his works were not published until after his death and some are still awaiting publication.”

I came across a statement by him which bewildered me. I don’t remember his actual words but he meant that all human species have a little bit of racism is built in us, and it rises when we are confronted in a crisis, we become racists without realizing that sort of thinking is dangerous.

All sages in all religions decry this sort of prejudices. But some are bent on thinking the ‘other’ an enemy. This is due to the conditioning of the mind and ignorance.

When the country is moving fast towards a harmonious relationship, racism is a sort of anachronism. Let all of us be wiser and happy. I pray for it.

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