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To tell a good story . . .

“Rationalism and doctrinairism are the disease of our time; they pretend to have all the answers. . . In view of all this, I lend an attentive ear to the strange myths of the psyche, and take a careful look at the varied events that come my way. . .

Unfortunately, the mythic side of man is given short shrift nowadays.  He can no longer create fables.  As a result, a great deal escapes him; for it is important and salutary to speak also of incomprehensible things.  Such talk is like the telling of a good ghost story, as we sit by the fireside and smoke a pipe.”

–Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Observe: The Early Mind Machine

“Something else, too, came to me from my illness.  I might formulate it as an affirmation of things as they are: an unconditional “yes” to that which is, without subjective protests–acceptance of the conditions of existence as I see them and understand them, acceptance of my own nature, as I happen to be. . .  We may think there is a sure road.  But that would be the road of death. . . . Anyone who takes the sure road is as good as dead.

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It was only after the illness that I understood how important it is to affirm one’s own destiny.  In a way we forge an ego that does not break down when incomprehensible things happen; an ego that endures, that endures the truth, and that is capable of coping with the world and with fate.  Then, to experience defeat is also to experience victory.  Nothing is disturbed–neither inwardly nor outwardly, for one’s own continuity has withstood the current of life and of time.

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I have also realized that one must accept the thoughts that go on within oneself of their own accord as part of one’s reality. . . The presence of thoughts is more important than our subjective judgment of them.  But neither must these judgements be suppressed, for they also are existent thoughts which are part of our wholeness.”

Carl Jung–Memories, Dreams, Reflections