Nietzsche's "Zarathustra": Notes of the Seminar given in by C. G. Jung, James L. Jarrett

By C. G. Jung, James L. Jarrett

As a tender guy turning out to be up close to Basel, Jung used to be involved and disturbed via stories of Nietzsche's brilliance, eccentricity, and eventual decline into everlasting psychosis. those volumes, the transcript of a formerly unpublished inner most seminar, show the end result of his preliminary interest: Nietzsche's works, which he learn as a pupil on the college of Basel, had moved him profoundly and had a lifelong impression on his proposal. in the course of the periods the mature Jung spoke informally to individuals of his internal circle a couple of philosopher whose works had not just crushed him with the intensity in their figuring out of human nature but in addition supplied the philosophical assets of a lot of his personal mental and metapsychological principles. certainly, he verified how the extraordinary booklet hence Spake Zarathustra illustrates either Nietzsche's genius and his neurotic and prepsychotic tendencies.

Since there has been at the moment no considered the seminar notes being released, Jung felt unfastened to shaggy dog story, to lash out at humans and occasions that aggravated or angered him, and to remark unreservedly on political, fiscal, and different public issues of the time. This seminar and others, together with the only recorded in Dream research, got in English in Zurich in the course of the Twenties and Thirties.

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But before he could put in his very humble request, Nietzsche said: "Ah now, you are the man! That blue sky of Hellas! "-and he receded further and further, Nietzsche going at him and talking of the eternal smile of the skies of Hellas and " Nietzsche began to teach at the university of Basel in lil6g at the age of 24 andretired, from ill health, in lil79. In his subsequent wanderings he returned to Basel from time to time. He did have a pension from the university. 2 MAY 1934 God knows what, till the young man backed up against the wall.

And there, the text says, he is going to teach the wise ones among men, and the poor ones. " So what would he teach? Mrs. Cmwley: The opposites. Dr. Jung: Exactly. He is going to produce the enantiodromia, he is going to supply mankind with what is lacking, with that which they hate or fear or despise, with that which the wise ones have lost, their folly, and the poor their riches. In other words he is going to supply the compensation. Now I think we had better take that symbolism on the subjective level, and then it would mean that when Zarathustra, sick of his consciousness, comes down to the lower levels of general mankind, he will be the wise one that is compensated for his wisdom by folly.

9 MAY 1934 alomania, and you have in fact to reckon with these megalomanic assumptions in Nietzsche. Six years later, in 188g, he was already ill with megalomania, on the basis of degeneration of the brain. Of course it is exceedingly difficult to say whether he was already influenced by the oncoming disease, but I think it is very improbable; there are very few things in the actual text ofZamthustm which could be hypothetically ascribed to that. This kind of megalomania is due to something else.

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