Monday, September 27, 2004

Currently Reading...

Since my new Jack Meter novel will somehow include mythological figures, I thought I'd brush up on Jung, who was the master of the archetype, the collective unconscious, and the one who linked myths to our psyche.

It's amazing that nearly 60 years later, his writings still make sense. One sentence struck me, in particular, in reading about the structure of the psyche: "But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life's morning; for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening become a lie."

So many of Jung's teachings have anchored themselves into our daily lives and most of us are not aware of it. How many people seek to understand their dreams? Or will say that they're intraverted, or extraverted?

A brilliant man, and one who's still easy to read and somehow accept, in the twenty-first century.

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