It's always a good time to pop the bubble…


“An inflated consciousness is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence.  It is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapalbe of drawing right conclusions about the future.” ~ Carl Jung

It’s one way to think about the current worldwide financial readjustment.  Inflation can just as easily seize large groups who, as the saying goes, are willing to drink the cool aide.  In the passage quoted above, Jung goes on to point out that inflation occurs when consciousness takes upon itself, or identifies with, too many unconscious contents, thereby loosing the faculty of discrimination.  That explanation seems to fit for the outrageous blunders we see surfacing in the financial markets.  

Where might similar mistakes like these, rooted in the paradox of inflation, be taking root in social media?  Where are these tools being leveraged up in such away as to bankrupt their funtion or usefullness?  I don’t know about you, but I’ll always be leery of that archetypal American character, the confidence man who’s going door to door selling the elixir. 

Now a wrench, I can use a wrench…

Author: Richard Reeve

I'm the Senior Director of Development at Panthera, a global conservation organization committed to stemming the population decline of cats in the wild. I enjoy rural living with my wife Judith and our two children in the Catskill Mountains of New York.