Iranian Master painter, S. Mohsen Seyed Mahmoud
35 x 50 cm
The bizarre elaboration of weapons in the modern world is nothing more than an attempt to contain or destroy the threat of impulses from the lower centres. Worse, much of it is an expression of them.
I recommend this book to anyone with an interest or curiosity toward psychology, especially functions of the unconscious, mythology, religion and dreams. It was on my radar for a while for some reason last summer when I was desperately craving some kind of understanding or a direction for learning, I wanted to read Jung but I didn’t know where to start and most of this book consists of writing by others selected by Jung. I have no idea what drew me to “Man and His Symbols” or where I even heard of it but it was the first book I wrote down on a wish list of things to look for and, the next day, the first book that caught my eye at the first used bookstore I visited and it was only $1 for the big hardcover volume. It turned out to be exactly what I needed to read at that time and has informed my learning and further readings immensely. If you can get past the gendered title and use of the term “primitives” (some of the writing is nearly 100 years old) you might find something illuminating in it. “Profusely illustrated.” Peace.