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

Personality models and Meta-Data – the Big Five (Eyes) and MBTI
C.G.Jung / General

Personality models and Meta-Data – the Big Five (Eyes) and MBTI


This is a short snippet, not an analysis but a warning to watch your friendly data collector near to you and your friendly government’s use of phobias. A paper published in the Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction shows that collected  communication and  social network trails, may turn … Continue reading

Crazy Wisdom – the Archetype of the Fool, the Clown, the Jester and the Trickster.
Archetypes / C.G.Jung

Crazy Wisdom – the Archetype of the Fool, the Clown, the Jester and the Trickster.


When I lived in California I listened often to the KFOG radio commentator Wes (“Scoop”) Nisker who happened to be also a comedian:  “If you don’t like the news … go out and make some of your own”, was his frequent catchphrase.  Comedians are often called jester, fool, trickster and clown. Very recently many European ( foolish) fools call an Italian comedian a clown. Because he … Continue reading

Jungian Archetype Checklist for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
Archetypes / C.G.Jung / Literature / Literature & Art

Jungian Archetype Checklist for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings


In his masterpiece The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien created what he called a “new mythos”. There is undoubtedly much in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings that invites us seeing it through the Jungian framework.  However, on a closer look, comparatively few archetypes are present, and the main protagonist’s (Frodo’s) individuation arguably fails. A Jungian view must … Continue reading

Jungian Models applied to global corporations: Kings, warriors, magicians and lover archetypes
Archetypes / Business / C.G.Jung

Jungian Models applied to global corporations: Kings, warriors, magicians and lover archetypes


Recently I attended yet another team building “Engagement workshop”. It occurred to me, while I do understand that this sector in a well performing multinational corporation has rather particular objectives by its mission, why it has such multiple and interesting cultural contexts. Culture is something we all experience, but have great difficulties defining. I want in this article to align C.G. Jung’s … Continue reading

Can Hitler go to heaven? The evil presented in Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot.
C.G.Jung / Contemporary / History / Philosophy / Spiritual

Can Hitler go to heaven? The evil presented in Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot.


The problem of evil has been a subject of interest in religion and philosophy.  For our purpose here we want to approach the question in a inductive and  psychoanalytic way looking at historic persons: Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot: what is evil and what is the cause of it.  If we consider them evil – and I do – what … Continue reading