Human’s relationship to Nature; defeats and victories according to C. G. Jung

By Véronique Liard

Nature is omnipresent in Jung’s work. The first part of the article surveys the lifelong bonds that Jung, as a man, maintained with every part of the living world. The article goes on to question the connection between Nature and Civilization. Have developments in science and industry caused civilized man to become more distant from Nature, so close to early mankind? Is civilized man more attached to his own comfort than to protecting the environment? Can one therefore simply speak of a victory of human beings over Nature? Insofar as our psyche is a part of Nature, for Jung, can one assert that a human being is the master of his or her own nature? Perhaps persistent human ignorance about oneself reflects an ignorance of the offenses humans have so long infliected on Nature.

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