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“You can try fight the devil, but the devil is part of you. You must find a way to make peace with your devil.”

My interpretation of some Jungian concepts prescribes one character’s journey in The Oracle Machine graphic novel and film script.

In script-writing, it’s a good idea for each character to have an ‘inner need’, an outer ‘want’ and some obstacle, that comes from the conflict between their wants and needs, and that stops them attaining those true needs.

So yes, script-writing can be therapeutic, as you apply these concepts to your characters, and remember that each character is a reflection of yourself anyway. Writing any book or producing any art is very revealing (and therapeutic, and thereby satisfying).

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I’ve had characters wrestle with the devil in my other film work too!
In my short film DIE HEL (2009), a man has to try come to terms with his own inner fears in a strange corner of South Africa.

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And in my zero-budget indie movie GIRL FROM NOWHERE, there are quite a few references to Liza (Christia Visser) as embodying ‘the devil herself’.

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The Oracle Machine grapples with just about the deepest issue I can think of – the nature of consciousness and what it means – which anyone into A.I. might also be asking.`

A major influence, besides Jung, has been Edward Edinger, and his interpretation of Jung in his book ‘The Creation of Consciousness’. He quotes Jung saying: “Existence is only real when it is conscious to somebody. That is why the Creator* needs conscious man even though, from sheer unconsciousness, he would like to prevent him from becoming conscious.” And later: “Whoever knows God has an effect on him”.`

In The Oracle Machine, the character Lena understands this first.

*Edinger jumps between terms, also calling ‘the Creator’ as the ‘trans-personal self’, convinced that Jung had found a third way, between science and religion – I understand in what become known as ‘Depth Psychology’.

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One of the last books Jung wrote, and the only one, according to Edinger, that Jung said he wouldn’t change, was ‘Answer to Job’. Written in a fever, it describes how, what Jung
preferred to call ‘the God image’, has been with humans since the beginning. Crucially, when in the Bible mythology, that Job showed himself perhaps more conscious than the image, the response was the incarnation of God as a human i.e. Jesus.

But the crux (for me) of what Jung is saying, is that this process is continuing. “The Christian solution has… …recognised Christ as the one and only God-man. But the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, the third Divine Person, in man, brings about the Christifaction of many”.

‘The Oracle Machine’ graphic novel is making the case that the Internet, as the sum of all our consciousnesses, might just be this ‘Christification of many’?

CGJung