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proportions. We can therefore make the statement that the more conscious individuals who live a meaningful life in harmony with their unconscious are present in a people, the greater the chances for Nike to manifest. Moreover, we know today that a soldier who is alone in his military task and not operating as part of a group is the most liable not to be able to hold his own in battle. However, it is to be expected that the development of modern warfare will take a direction that will result in there being more and more such “lonely” soldiers, and in that case it will be even more crucial for the greatest possible number of individuals to be inwardly firm and thus able to stand fast when they are no longer carried along by collective emotion and the spirit of comradery. To sum up, Nike can be interpreted as the warrior’s anima, that is, a kind of unconscious feeling-related expectation based on still more deep-seated inner factors, namely, the “truth of the Styx.” As we know, the feminine side of the unconscious in a man mediates the relationship to the deep-seated meaningful wholeness of his personality. If a man heeds this element of feeling, which is also involved in his relationships with women, rather than rejecting it as “nonsense,” he can only cause it to be more favorably disposed toward him. In this way, like Nike herself, he becomes inspired and acquires wings in reaching his goals. And this is not all. He can also establish a connection with the ultimate “fate factor” in the uncanny waters of the Styx, in the realm of the dead. Also at the same time, Nike embodies an irrational temporal factor, a kind of divinely willed “momentum” that can miraculously cross over into the dimension of real events, appearing there as an irrational turn of fate. The winged youth Kairos was depicted in a relief carrying a pair of scales. This expresses the fact that in certain states where two opposed factors are in equilibrium, it is he who tips the balance. That this can also happen in a battle may easily be inferred, since in any war, as a result of the vital threat that it poses to a people, there is intense activation of the collective unconscious and its archetypes, and this heightens the likelihood that synchronicity phenomena will make an appearance.20 This brings us to the figure that stands still deeper behind that of Nike, the goddess of the subterranean waters of the Styx. In antiquity flowing waters were considered masculine, standing waters feminine. Styx, more an underworld pool or marsh lake than a river, was thus a feminine deity. The

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