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"On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break."
(Robert Anton Wilson)

Bullet points, step by step processes that are guaranteed to work overnight, proven shortcuts...

If it was easy, everyone would do it.

Worth noting that surgeons don't sign up for medical school because they're told that there is a simple, easy way to do open heart surgery.

It's not that we're unable to handle complicated problems, it's that we're afraid to try. The Dummies mindset, the get-rich-quick long sales letters, the mechanistic, industrial processes aren't on offer because they're the best we can handle. No, they sell because they promise to reduce our fear.

It will take you less time and less effort to do it the difficult way than it will to buy and try and discard all the shortcuts.
(Seth Godin)




A man
who
cannot
seduce men
cannot
save them
either.
(Soren Kierkegaard)




A treasure is to be found between the cow and bull.
(Proverb)




"Eros is a mighty daemon,"
as the wise Diotima said to Socrates.
We shall never get the better of him,
or only to our own hurt.
He is not the whole of
our inward nature,
though he is at least
one of its essential aspects.
(Carl Jung)

Apollo

rog

"Because I have called, and ye refused....I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you...For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them."

"Time Jesum transeuntem et non revertentem: "Dread the passage of Jesus, for he does not return."

"The myths and folktales of the world make clear that the refusal of the call is essentially a refusal to give up what one takes to be one's own interest. The future is regarded not in terms of an unremitting series of deaths and births, but as though one's present system of ideals, virtues, goals, and advantages were to be fixed and made secure. King Minos retained the divine bull, when the sacrifice would have signified submission to the will of the god of his society; for he preferred what he conceived to be his economic advantage. Thus he failed to advance into the life role that he had assumed - and we have seen with what calamitous effect. The divinity itself became his terror; for, obviously, if one is oneself one's god, then God himself, the power that would destroy one's egocentric system becomes a monster.

This is indeed a dull and unrewarding finish. Apollo, the sun, the lord of time and ripeness, no longer pressed his frightening suit, but instead simply named the laurel his favorite tree and ironically recommended its leaves to the fashioners of victory wreaths. The girl had retreated to the image of her parent and there found protection - like the unsuccessful husband whose dream of mother love preserved him from the state of cleaving to a wife.

The literature of psychoanalysis abounds in examples of such desperate fixations. What they represent is an impotence to put off the infantile ego, with its sphere of emotional relationships and ideals. One is bound in by the walls of childhood; the father and mother stand as threshold guardians, and the timorous soul, fearful of some punishment, fails to make the passage through the door and come to birth in the world without.

(Joseph Campbell, Thousand Faces)

Daphne

gene

"Dr. Jung has reported a dream that resembles very closely the image of the myth of Daphne. The Dreamer is the same young man who found himself in the land of sheep - the land, that is to say, of unindependence. A voice within him says,

"I must get away from the father."

Then a few nights later:

"A snake draws a circle about the dreamer, and he stands like a tree, grown fast from the earth."

This is an image of the magic circle drawn about the personality by the dragon power of the fixating parent.

Little Briar-Rose (Sleeping Beauty) was put to sleep by a jealous hag (an unconcious evil-mother image). And not only the child, but her entire world went off to sleep. However, at last, "after long, long years," there came a prince to wake her.

In mythology the serpent is a symbol of the terrestrial waters. The Serpent corresponds precisely to Daphne's father, the river Peneus.

(Joseph Campbell, Thousand Faces)




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In discussion of the arts, a distinction is sometimes made between the Apollonian and Dionysian impulses where the former is concerned with imposing intellectual order and the latter with chaotic creativity. Friedrich Nietzsche argued that a fusion of the two was most desirable. Carl Jung's Apollo archetype represents what he saw as the disposition in people to over-intellectualise and maintain emotional distance.

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"(Alfred) Adler's letter is stupid chatter and can safely be ignored. We aren't children here. If Adler ever says anything sensible or worth listening to I shall take note of it, even though I don't think much of him as a person." ~ Carl Jung,Freud/Jung Letters, Page 532.