Sir Laurens Van der Post

Dialogue With Sir Laurens van der Post: A Mythic Journey, Part 2

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Program Description

Held in his home in London, this is a rare and fascinating series of dialogues with one of the giants of the 20th century, the late Sir Laurens van der Post. You will surely be inspired by his most amazing life. Adventurer, soldier, statesman, writer, storyteller, and philosopher, van der Post addresses the major issues of our time—and the results are riveting. In this three-part series, you’ll hear about his sojourn in the Kalahari Desert after WWII, his friendship with Carl Jung, his time in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, and much more. Two major Hollywood films based on his writings, A Faraway Place and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, were released in the U.S. Awarded a knighthood (the C.B.E.) in 1981, Sir Laurens died after his 90th birthday, in December, 1996. (hosted by Michael Toms)

Bio

The late Sir Laurens van der Post, CBE was a 20th-century Afrikaner author, farmer, war hero, and political adviser to British heads of government.  He was a close friend of C.G. Jung and Prince Charles, and godfather of Prince William. In 1955 the BBC commissioned van der Post to produce a six-part television documentary series in search of the Bushman of the Kalahari. In 1958 his most famous book was released under the same title as the BBC series: The Lost World of the Kalahari, followed in 1961 by The Heart of the Hunter, derived from 19th-century Bushmen stories by Wilhelm Bleek. There are two movies based on his experiences, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and A Far Off Place.

He’s the author of many books including:

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • Why his longtime friendship with Carl Jung is important today
  • What is the significance of Jung’s work
  • What are the essential differences between Freud and Jung
  • Why Jung’s death and events surrounding it is a compelling story
  • How history prepares us to face the future
  • What are his perspectives on the I Ching and the nature of time
  • Why the feminine and the coming age of Sophia is prescient

Host: Michael Toms               Interview Date: 5/1/1994               Program Number: 2474

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