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Visit "From the Director" for a letter to the community and for regular updates from our executive director, Sean Fitzpatrick.
“I’m a scientist. Almost always have to decide between black and white. What I like about The Jung Center and its classes is seeing beyond that kind of thinking to the mystery and paradox of life. Some of the most important things cannot be measured quantitatively.”
Giving Thought to Giving Thanks
What does the celebration of Thanksgiving say about the American psyche? The sociologist Robert Bellah famously suggested that, alongside their private religious commitments to a range of traditions, Americans also practice a civil religion, a “collection of beliefs, symbols, and rituals with respect to sacred things and institutionalized in a collectivity.” We can understand the Thanksgiving holiday as an essential ritual in this civil religion and also as a symbol, which the psychologist C.G. Jung understood to be the best possible expression of what is yet unknown within us. In this brief reflection, we will explore how Thanksgiving not only reflects our shared values but also might reveal what remains unconscious in American culture.
This talk by Sean Fitzpatrick, executive director, was recorded in November, 2014, at Thoreau Woods Unitarian Universalist Church in Hunstville, Texas. Click below to listen (it’s about 20 minutes long):