Growth and Guilt
Psychology and the Limits of Development
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The relentless exploitation of the earth's resources and technologys boundless growth are a matter of urgent concern. When did this race towards the limitless begin?
The Greeks, who shaped the basis of Western thinking, lived in mortal fear of humanity's hidden hunger for the infinite and referred to it as hubris, the one true sin in their moral code. Whoever desired or possessed too much was implacably punished by nemesis, yet the Greeks themselves were to pioneer an unprecedented level of ambition that began to reverse that tabu.
If it is true that no culture can truly repudiate its origins, and that gods who are no longer potent can vanish but still leave behind a body of myth which coninues to live and assert itself in modernized garb, then our concern with the limits of growth reflects something more than an awareness of new technological problems - it also brings to light a psychic wound a a feeling of guilt which are infinitely more ancient.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Problem; Chapter 1 The Myth of Growth, the Myth of Limits; Chapter 2 Towards a Psychological Territory; Chapter 3 The Limits of Endeavor in Non-Western Cultures; Part 2 The Hellenic Past; Chapter 4 The Egoism of the Archaic Gods; Chapter 5 The Greek Sense of Limits; Chapter 6 History Begins to Move; Chapter 7 New Horizons; Part 3 From the Greeks to the Present; Chapter 8 Continuity and Transformation: From the Sense of Limits to the Hunger for Infinity; Chapter 9 The Continuity of the Myth of Limits: Greek Stories; Chapter 10 The Continuity of the Myth of Limits: Western Stories; Part 4 Nemesis Returns; Chapter 11 The Site of the Crisis; Chapter 12 Routes Towards Reconstruction; Chapter 13 Death, Depression and Guilt;
Luigi Zoja is a Jungian analyst based in Milan. From 1984–1993 he was the President of CIPA (Centro Italiano di Psicologica Analitica) and from 1989 he has held the position of Second Vice-President of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. This is the second of his books to appear in English. Drugs, Addiction and Initiation: The Secret Search for Ritual was published in Boston (SIGO) in 1989.