Wednesday, September 17, 2008


A Puzzle

Carl Jung once said:

"Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other."

I remembered the word " the will toward power ( der Wille zur Macht ) by Nietsche ". Certainly " the will toward love " sounds strange. But I can't believe love is coming up spontaneously. I guess love needs power to live, at least.

Also Goethe said " love (affaire) needs time and power. If he is bussy at work he can't love ". How dull.
I don't know, TofuUnion. That's why I thought it was a puzzle. Most of the time I know what Jung is talking about, but in this case, I'm somewhat stumped.

I never thought of love and will to power as being so opposed to each other. I haven't found an explanation anywhere, so I'll have to keep looking.
I understand Jung is against Nietzsche Philosophy. Nietzsche tried to reveal that even love could be understood as a sort of power. Apparently Jung thinks " The will to power " is un-ethical. Surely the idea of super-human (Zarathustra) is lacking mercy or compassion.
Well, that would make sense--that the "will to power" is a self-absorbed world view that is at odds with thinking about other people and wanting the best for them without gain for oneself.

What you write makes sense and is helpful.
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