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Jung said that:

“Who looks outside, dreams.

Who looks inside, awakes”.  

This is counter-intuitive to say the least.

You have to be a psychiatrist to come up with such ideas.

Let’s try some empathy:

By "outside" Jung could mean what we see around us during the day. "Inside" could mean what we experience inside us while we are asleep. We know that during the day, our life is dominated by the signals that we get from our senses.  Our vision is limited. A dog’s smell is much more developed than ours. Snakes can sense the heat in the body of their prey. Animals know which food is good for them. We cannot differentiate between the good mushrooms and the bad ones. We could do better!

We also know that a good night’s sleep can help us solve problems. Does that mean that we are smarter at night than we are during the day? 

To reduce our daily life to a dream may be going a bit too far. Let’s say that he was exaggerating to make a point. Let's compromise. We could say that: "We can accept the idea that we should look inside for something valuable hidden behind a veil of bad memories. We must wake up."


Let's look inside:

Why should we look inside? Why would you peel vegetables when it is so easy to have a pizza delivered to your door?

What we find outside, in our environment, is what other people have produced before us. It does not have to be bad but, it is not the best that mankind has to offer. Look at history for instance. You start with generous ideas. They get mixed with human nature and after a few centuries our Heavens gets changed into Hell. You start with love and end up with a witch hunt. What is available today, outside, has been polluted by human nature. Before we blame society, the government and our environment we should have a look inside and make sure that we have not created our environment in our image.

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