|Carl Jung, 1875-1961|
I was thinking about the peculiarities of white culture. Some of our ridiculous priorities and the phenomena of colonialism and imperialism that we propagated.
A friend pointed me to this anecdote about famed Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, in which Jung encounters the chief of the Taos pueblos in New Mexico in 1932:
"I was able to talk with him as I have rarely been able to talk with a European," Jung recalls. Chief Ochwiay Biano, which means Mountain Lake, must have sensed a kindred spirit in the Swiss doctor, because he was devastatingly candid with him.
Chief Mountain Lake: "See how cruel the whites look. Their lips are thin, their noses sharp, their faces furrowed and distorted by folds. Their eyes have a staring expression; they are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something. They are always uneasy and restless. We do not know what they want. We do not understand them. We think that they are all mad."
When Jung asks why he thinks they are all mad, Mountain Lake replies, "They say they think with their heads."
"Why of course," says Jung, "What do you think with?"
"We think here," says Chief Mountain Lake, indicating his heart.
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