Asian and Jungian Views of Ethics
Carl B. Becker, Editor
Under the Auspices of the Uehiro Foundation
Dr. Aziz was honored with the distinction of being one of five scholars invited by The Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education (Tokyo) to contribute a chapter in Asian and Jungian Views of Ethics (1999), a volume commemorating the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Uehiro Foundation.
The Uehiro Foundation has most recently been noted for its joint projects with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, as well as for the Foundation's sponsorship of a permanent chair in applied ethics at the University of Oxford.
In his 'Introduction and Overview,' Carl B. Becker, the volume's editor, writes about 'Synchronicity and the Transformation of the Ethical in Jungian Psychology':
Aziz holds that the dominantly inner orientation of Jungian psychiatry has weakened its inherently ethical dimensions ... Being ethical, then, means transforming ourselves by recognizing new meanings in and perspectives on our lives, not only in our dreams and bodily feelings, but in the events that happen to us.
In Aziz's view, nature itself is intrinsically moral; it takes external and undeniable 'compensatory' action to enable us to realize our moral mistakes and lead us to self-realization. ... For Aziz, as for Jung, the psychic and physical are ultimately inextricably interconnected. Egocentric refusal to give up mistaken conclusions blocks our ethical growth, wastes our time, and ultimately places us at odds not only with ourselves but with the universe of which we are a tiny but integral part. If we can come to see ourselves as co-existing with and not separate from the ethical universe, than we ourselves will become naturally more ethical, making decisions more ethically appropriate to the well-being of ourselves and of the whole. (pp. 4-5)