Self-knowledge vs the bandwagon

A million zeros joined together do not unfortunately add up to one. Ultimately everything depends on the quality of the individual, but our fatally short-sighted age thinks only in terms of large numbers and mass organizations, though one would think that the world had seen more than enough of what a well-disciplined mob can do in the hands of a single madman. Unfortunately, this realization does not seem to have penetrated very far – and our blindness is extremely dangerous. People go on blithely organizing and believing in the sovereign remedy of mass action, without the least consciousness of the fact that most powerful organizations can be maintained only by the greatest ruthlessness of their leaders and the cheapest of slogans.

  • Pg. 31, The Undiscovered Self – C.G. Jung, 9-780691-150512
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