The Devil We Would Overcome

David Price
4 min readSep 3, 2022
Tania Rivilis (b. 1986, Ukraine) — Kupka’s Dog, 2022.

Jung had an instinct that what was wrong with life…was because the feminine was rejected, driven insane, driven mad by a world of men….

And that time when he let himself go and when he landed deep down in what he came to call the collective unconscious, all this rejected feminine in himself confronted him.

— Laurens Van der Post


“The common denominator in all three is the invincibility of belief. Though each can be found morally reprehensible — Graham for his denial, North for his lies, Dewey for his manipulations — belief allowed them to go forward uncorrupted in the midst of dirty doings, untouched by their own shadows, innocent. And I submit that it is precisely this American habit of belief that appeals to our Main Street mediocrity. Therefore, this same component — whether it be named innocence by literary critics, denial by psychologists, or belief by believers — must be the essence of the American character,…

We must also admit….that we have uncovered the psychological condition that generates American mediocrity. The capacity to deny, to remain innocent, to use belief as a protection against sophistications of every sort — intellectual, aesthetic, moral, psychological — keeps the American character from awakening. The American character remains blind to the fact that the virtues of mediocrity — those pieties of disciplined energy, order, self-control, probity, and faith — are themselves messengers of the devil they would overcome.”

— James Hillman


“Our culture was built upon and benefits from the control of women…. the campaign to convince us to mistrust women begins early and comes from everywhere.”

— Glennon Doyle


“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically, dogs think humans are nuts.”

— John Steinbeck


Getting under the subtleties of our unconscious assumptions that mark us as Americans is work if you’re American, but it’s something that’s obvious if you’re not. Part of our work as Americans is to become more multicultural, but that’s not going to free you from…

David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.