Aș vrea să amintesc cîteva scrisori care mi-au atras atenția. Poate pentru că au fost scrise de personalități importante. Sau poate pentru că am nostalgia scrisorilor.
Prima dintre ele este scrisă de Alexandru Paleologu . Este o scrisoare cu un conţinut tendenţios de apărare a lui Mircea Dinescu, adresată conducerii Uniunii Scriitorilor.
Pe lîngă acest manifest curajos mi-a atras atenția și povestea conceperii acestei scrisori. Se pare că fiul lui Al. Paleologu lua lecții de latină studiind Tacit. Atenția îi fusese acaparată de o fraza: Punitus ingenus gliscit auctoritas, adică Cînd pedepsești talentul îi sporești autoritatea. Pentru Al Paleologu fraza constitui momentul decisiv.
A doua dintre ele este scrisă de celebrul psiholog Carl Yung și este adresată lui Mircea Eliade. Scopul ei este de a clarifica noțiunea de arhetip a lui Yung care se pare că a fost preluată greșit de Eliade.
Letter from Carl Jung to Mircea Eliade:
It is an honor to have been sent a copy of your book on yoga. I greatly appreciate your kindness and generosity. I am now studying your work very carefully and profoundly enjoying its riches. It is certainly the best and most complete summary of yoga that I know of, and I am happy to possess such a mine of information.
I was somewhat surprised, however, to find that you had not been able to grant me normal intelligence and scientific responsibility. As you know, I received my scientific education in the field of the natural sciences, whose principle is “ There is nothing in the mind that was not previously in the senses.”
To attribute the qualities of the conscious psyche to the unconscious is quite a serious error. I do not commit it, nor am I so stupidly ignorant that I cannot recognize the instinctive character of the unconscious. Above all, you have only to leaf through my works to assume yourself that I identify the archetype with the “pattern of behavior.”…………………………………………..
There is a psychological problem here which I cannot explain. On the one hand, you make the very kind and generous gesture of sending me your book; on the other, you seem to consider me so idiotic as never even to have though about the nature of the unconscious. How have I merited this ill-will? From the moment when I had the honor and pleasure of making your acquaintance personally, I have never felt anything other than admiration and esteem for your great work, and I would be distressed to have offend you without knowing it.
I hope that you will not be angry with me for writing you this long importunate letter, but I do not like to let a hidden sore fester. Needless to say how grateful I would be to you for a few words of explanation!
With admiration and lasting gratitude,
Very sincerely yours, C.G. Jung. [Letter dated 19January1955]