Rethinking the Banality of the Good
Ethics / Philosophy / West

Rethinking the Banality of the Good


The most evil man in the world right now, seems to be a retired lieutenant colonel of the Russian KGB, who is determined to reestablish the Soviet empire, to invade world and was likened to Hitler by a leading politician of a superpower. To others, President Vladimir Putin is a judo-chopping, IMF-taming, U.S.-defying global hero. But according to the controversial biography of Stanislav Belkovsky, a star columnist at a Moscow tabloid, former speechwriter and insider, Putin represents the “Banality of the Good” (quote). The striking similarity with Hannah Arendt’s remark, one of the 20th century’s great political thinkers did catch my eye and let me finish his book, which has its weaknesses. Now if “being good” is all, after a string of rumours and dirty laundry, which may or may not be true, what Stanislav Belkovsky, sworn enemy of Putin, came up against him, there must be something unworthy with all of us, not belonging to the élite. I long fancied to write a psychological study of Putin, motivated by the C.G. Jung interview of H.R. Knickerbocker 1938 in the Cosmopolitan , reprinted in C.G. Jung Speaks (page 115-135). To qualify the banality of the good (or the evil) I will follow C.G. Jung’s method, the money flow and the little I really know about the person Putin – that is some minor direct account, my own remote observation, his own account and what his enemies say. Continue reading

A primatologist image of God: The Ultimate Chimp
C.G.Jung / East / Ethics / History / Religion / West

A primatologist image of God: The Ultimate Chimp


Maybe it’s because I am an “unchurched”, humanist religious person, but todays anti-religious tracts and rants do bore me.  However, a new book of  the primatologist Frans de Waal, raised hope for new insights: The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates. He made accidentally an interesting point – the reciprocal imago dei (God’s imago modelled after human) of todays … Continue reading

The pope steps down – a philosopher hunted down.
Catholic / Contemporary / Ethics / History / Medival / Religion / Spiritual

The pope steps down – a philosopher hunted down.


This is a sad day: “Der Lotse geht von Bord”. Our great spiritual and intellectual leader leaves the ship. I have respect for his decision, which must not have been an easy one for this modest man. I want to discuss the spiritual and political background of this. Spiritual consequences I pray that he has still enough time left and for his … Continue reading

PTSD and Moral Injury seen from C.G. Jung – Achilles in modern wars
C.G.Jung / Contemporary / Ethics / History

PTSD and Moral Injury seen from C.G. Jung – Achilles in modern wars


The Newsweek article “A New Theory of PTSD and Veterans: Moral Injury” was probably the best article I ever read about PTSD – besides Shay’s Achilles in Vietnam. Yes most important factors may very well be moral injury, traumatic events and being betrayed by leadership.  But, there is more  – ethical, Jungian depth psychological and political circumstances: Villains don’t … Continue reading

Shadows of the Presidential debate 2012 part II : What is truth and does it matter?
Archetypes / Ethics / Recent Events

Shadows of the Presidential debate 2012 part II : What is truth and does it matter?


What is truth and does it matter?  To a survey question – “Is there absolute Truth?” – sixty-six percent of American adults responded that they believe that “there is no such thing as absolute truth; different people can define truth in conflicting ways and still be correct.” Seventy-two percent of those aged 18 to 25 … Continue reading