Chicago: An Enormous, Diverse, Extroverted, Friendly American City…
I’ve just gotten back today from a trip to Chicago, and I apologize to my readers for the lack of posts over the last little while. I plan to write about my trip, and to reflect on different psychological and soul aspects of my trip to that great city.
It was a wonderful trip! Chicago is such a vital place!
I couldn’t help drawing a lot of comparisons with Toronto as we explored different dimensions of the city. There are certain similarities — large cities each located on the shores of the Great Lakes. However, beyond these surface characteristics, the two cities are very different in very many ways.
Most fundamentally, I think , there is a difference in what Jung would call weltanschauung, or world view. Perhaps to, say, Europeans, or Asians, the inhabitants of Chicago and Toronto would seem very similar. However, I think that there are some fascinating differences in fundamental attitudes. It’s hard to put this into words, except to say that, even in the midst of the current economic uncertainties, there is an extraordinary confidence that Chicago exudes. Perhaps it’s a bit cliche, now, but I could hear the poetry of Carl Sandburg ringing in my ears as we travelled through the city.
It’s not a question of one collective outlook being either wrong or right, of course, but I’m intrigued with the differences in what seems to me to be each city’s collective perception of the world. I hope to write more about this in subsequent posts.