Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Self

"Only if I remain an ordinary human being, conscious of my incompleteness, 
can I become receptive to the significant contents and processes of the unconscious. But how can a human being stand the tension of feeling himself at one 
with the whole universe, while at the same time he is only a miserable earthly human creature? If, on the one hand, I despise myself as merely a statistical cipher, my life has no meaning and is not worth living. But if, on the other hand, I feel myself to be part of something much greater, how am I to keep my feet on the ground?It is very difficult indeed to keep these inner opposites united within oneself without toppling over into one or the other extreme."

-Carl G. Jung

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