Good to see you still fighting the good fight Michael and as a fellow traveler, I empathize with the sentiment while begging to differ with a consensus-reality understanding of what the experience of so-called mental illness really is. You wrote: “There, at the inner core of the psyche, at the level of self as John described it, the incredibly powerful, activated archetypal opposites of good versus evil, dark versus light, male-female, life and death can clash, compete, morph and transmute into a bearable inner tension that the waking function or ego can tolerate, without being sucked back under and into the waking dream or nightmare of madness. This dramatic initiatory ordeal is really only possible if the person’s erupting affect isn’t silenced and stopped by the emotion-killing drugs called antipsychotics.” Yet imagine being able to say with authentic certainty that so-called psychosis in all its varied manifestations, as categories of a perceived mental illness has an adaptive purpose and is initiated by our inborn need to comply with nature’s fitness agenda of learning to face reality as it is? Like the inconvenient truth that there isn’t a human being alive today that can explain how they walk & talk or how thoughts are created within the embodied nature of a conscious mind. Inconvenient truths that raise the unthinkable question “is the normal process of attention awareness we assume to be conscious, a waking dream?” For example, if you look at the back of your hand & attend to it’s skin & blood-vessel terrain with a philosophic meditation on why ‘a map is not the territory,’ as you contemplate whether the signifying word ‘hand’ actually defines the reality of what your eyes are seeing? Would that meditative self-cross-examination lead you to agree with Einstein’s conclusion that humanity suffers from the perennial problem of an optical delusion of consciousness? And as Gen Alpha continues to grow and new members of the largest most ethnically diverse and connected generation in human history are born everyday, is something stirring in the mass-unconscooius? Has Iain McGilchrist’s new book set the stage for the mother of all prophecies, The Fall? Not the consensus-reality idea of a prophecy about human behavior & society’s morality agenda, but the loss of sensory immediacy inherent in the evolution of our brian’s frontal-lobes, as McGilchrist points out. And as a tribute to Jung and the now all too obvious mess that 21st-century humanity finds itself in, here is an excerpt from the epilogue to Iain’s rather synchronistic book: “The left hemisphere’s raison d’être being power and control, it naturally puts values of utility and hedonism, those of the lowest rank in Scheler’s pyramid, first. I may be wrong, but it is my distinct impression that there has been a decline in courage, loyalty and humility in our society – indeed in all behaviour that carries its costs upfront, rather than concealing its sting in the tail; speaking the truth takes courage, and it would seem that those in the institutions of government, science and the universities would rather conform than confront untruth. The powerhouses of intellect, the universities, have lost their nerve, and become passive, conformist and feeble – and excessively bureaucratic. Perhaps because of this I can’t help noticing that many of the most interesting ideas in science, in politics and in philosophy these days come from outside the institutions – something I say only with the greatest of regret, as someone who always saw himself as a proud beneficiary of their ancient traditions, and who wished to further those traditions. And along with the loss of courage to speak the truth, there has been an undeniable withdrawal from the beautiful and the sacred. All of this combines to reinforce a loss of sense of purpose and direction – or ‘the faintest idea of what we are doing’, in Walker Percy’s phrase. Hence the crisis of meaning that it is, by now, a commonplace that we face. . . . . The other thing that stands out is that we have abandoned even the pretence of seeking wisdom, instead intent on seeking power. Wisdom and humour are both expressions arising from the shared suffering involved in acquiring one of the greatest flowers of life, a sense of proportion. They are both important elements in turning us away from aggression and towards healing. But, for us now, humour is dying along with wisdom: the left hemisphere Puritans are seeing to that. Puritanism always was the enemy of both; and it has historically often been associated with aggression, destruction and a ferocious need to control – with power, in other words, above all else. A member of the Swiss Parliament, Lukas Fierz, recalls as a boy meeting his celebrated neighbour, Carl Gustav Jung. In the course of conversation, Jung told us about his encounter with a Pueblo chief whose name was ‘Mountain Lake’. This chief told him, that the white man was doomed. When asked why, the chief took both hands before his eyes and – Jung imitating the gesture – moved the outstretched index fingers convergingly towards one point before him, saying ‘because the white man looks at only one point, excluding all other aspects’. Many years later, Dr Fierz, who is a physician and a founding member of the Green Party in Switzerland, recalls that a significant adversary of that movement was a successful industrialist and self-made billionaire: I asked him what in his view was the reason for his incredible entrepreneurial and political success. He took both hands before his eyes and moved the outstretched index fingers convergingly towards one point before him, saying ‘because I am able to concentrate on only one point, excluding all other aspects’. I remember that I had to swallow hard two or three times, so as not to say anything …44 The secret of success – of a kind; and the formula for ruin.” McGilchrist, Iain . The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World (pp. 2065-2066). Perspectiva Press. Kindle Edition. In May I’m of to Greece to contemplate the wisdom of Socrates, Plato & 3 pieces of instructive wisdom from a famously illiterate Oracle: Know Thyself, Nothing in Excess, Surity leads to ruin.