I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”1
Martin Luther King Jr.
Humans commonly confine to the realm of the unconscious those aspects of the self that the conscious mind denies because they challenge a favored self-image. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung referred to these denied aspects of the self as the shadow. Actualizing the full potential of the self requires acknowledging and healing the pain underlying the denial.
It is much the same for nations as for individuals. We Americans have been inclined to confine both the stories of U.S. imperial expansion and the stories of the repression ...