The View From Here

David Price
3 min readJun 11, 2020
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

❝[I]t was very clear that people saw in their neighbours the thing they did not recognize in themselves.
As a rule, when the collective unconscious becomes really constellated in larger social groups, the result is a public craze, a mental epidemic that may lead to revolution or war or something of the sort. These movements are exceedingly contagious — almost overwhelmingly contagious because, when the collective unconscious is activated, you are no longer the same person. You are not only in the movement — you «are» it.❞
👴🏻: C.G. Jung, The Tavistock Lectures, Lecture II

“We all can have a real mystic experience of breaking through the veil of culture’s duality and experience the Mystery of what life is all about, the Interconnectedness of creation, but we must be willing to sacrifice looking through physical eyes and See with our Inner Eye.

That afternoon, it had been as though an unseen hand had drawn back a curtain and, for the briefest moment, I had seen through such a window. In a flash of “outsight” I had known timelessness and quiet ecstasy, sensed a truth of which mainstream science is merely a small fraction. And I knew that the revelation would be with me for the rest of my life, imperfectly remembered yet always within. A source of strength on which I could draw when life seemed harsh or cruel or desperate.” — Jane Goodall

There is one thing one has to have, either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Is a good human being born that way or made good by external influences? That debate has been going on for as long as people could think. We have invented an astonishing array of systems to help us be better humans, but I have less confidence in religious commandments than transformative experience and simple innate goodness

Jane Goodall’s experience came to an already good person, someone with innate care and kindness already installed in her since birth. Precepts and thou-shalt-nots play no part in her mind or modus operandi. Such a person is not likely to be swept up in religious fervor or sectarian struggles. Her message is simple; take care of the world, not just because it sustains your life but because you love it.



David Price

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