thoughts

October 10, 2015

Although not my own, wisdom nonetheless:

"The decisive question for every human is: Is he or she related to something infinite or not? That is the telling question of . . . life. Only if we know that the thing which truly matters is the infinite can we avoid fixing our interest upon futilities, and upon all kinds of goals which are not of real importance. Then we demand that the world grant us recognition for qualities which we regard as personal possessions: our talent or our beauty. The more a person lays stress on false possessions, and the less sensitivity he or she has for what is essential, the less satisfying is one's life. One feels limited because one has limited aims, and the result is envy and jealousy. If we understand and feel that here in this life we already have a link with the infinite, desires and attitudes change. In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted. In our relationships to others, too, the crucial question is whether an element of boundlessness is expressed."

--Carl Jung

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