Are you aware of the Hintergendanken in the back of your mind?
I picked it up this notion of the Hintergendanken from the following video of Alan Watts offering a tribute to Carl Jung.
Looked it up and the English translation is "ulterior motives" or as hintergedanke, "mental reservation".
I think this is also what might be described as the humor of understanding which arises in the form of self knowledge and thus liberation from
conflict or a conflicted nature, where such conflict arises only when the Hintergendanken is hidden and repressed and thus capable of projecting
itself without an awareness of itself, even in the most subtle ways whereby Carl Jung said that "neurosis is always the substitute for legitimate
suffering".. (that's funny or has the potential for humor).
I think that being aware of our own Hintergendanken is a good thing, because in the final analysis, it might just have been an inner child wanting to
play who we locked up, fearing our own desire for creativity in one form or another.
And if we do not have a self aware Hintergendanken and a deep sense of humor at our selves, even our worst aspects, then worst of all we're not even
authentic or true to ourselves (lying to one's self), and that's absurd, which is what allows us to laugh when the Hintergendanken becomes self aware
and is allowed to just sit in the back of the mind as the humor of true understanding and creativity which is the experience of self knowledge,
awareness and understanding (even of one's own ulterior motives!).
I thought it was a funny concept and worth raising for consideration.
Once identified, I think the whole field of awareness is made available, and the conflict, resolved, but not without a powerful sense of humor at the
utter absurdity of all our prior ignorance, and our foibles and follies, which lose power in the light of this humorous understanding and recognition.
I see it in terms of a re-integrative evolutionary principal of self-forgiveness and acceptance capable of liberating the human being with
self-awareness relative to a very expansive domain of new life and new possibility, including the possibility to really live, and love, ever more
fully and completely, and to enter the fray with our whole being as a more fully integrated and individuated person, and best of all with our sense of
humor and thus our fearless charm, not diminished, but restored, even our lost child finally recovered and saved who is our true self that we were
holding captive as ransom to the lowest bidder (valueless egoic attachments).
It's pretty funny when you really think it through and then at last turn and be healed by the light of truth and understanding of what it was we
really wanted to express all along which was simply the desire to love and to be loved.
Being aware of the Hintergendanken at the back of your mind then, is like giving yourself permission to become a whole person, conflicted neither
within or without, and that's empowering, transformative and evolutionary, helpful and of value to the world whereby we must become the very change we
seek in others and have the wisdom to first take the beam out of our own eye before seeking clearly enough how to take the splinter from our brother's
edit on 9-2-2013 by NewAgeMan because: (no reason given)