The disillusioning effect of the encounter with one’s own shadow, the unconscious negative part of the personality, is always to be found in cases where the ego has lived in identification with the persona and the collective values of the period. That is why this encounter is, as a rule, particularly severe and difficult for […]Read more "Encountering Ones Negative, Ones Shadow"
How can the Individual, how can our culture, integrate Christianity and antiquity, China and India, the primitive and the modern, the prophet and the atomic physicist, into one humanity? Yet that is just what the individual and our culture must do. Though wars rage and peoples exterminate one another in our atavistic world, the reality […]Read more "Towards a Universal Humanism"
Scientist: …I hardly know anymore who and where I am. Teacher: None of us knows that, as soon as we stop fooling ourselves. Scholar: And yet we still have our path? Teacher: To be sure. But by forgetting it too quickly we give up thinking. … – Heidegger (Discourse on Thinking, pg. 62)Read more "As soon as we stop fooling ourselves…"
These rules in their turn are a very important factor in the play-concept. All play has its rules. They determine what “holds” in the temporary world circumscribed by play. The rules of a game are absolutely binding and allow no doubt. Paul Valery once in passing gave expression to a very cogent thought when he […]Read more "The Spoil-Sport"
And now we come to the real distinguishing feature which essentially separates barbarism from culture; the only reason it cannot serve us as a guiding rod or for the determination of the beginning is that the documentary evidence is inadequate. It is the question: Where does mere living in the present, such as the savage […]Read more "Barbarism and Culture: Distinguishing the Two"
The Elders have sent me to tell you that Now is like a rushing river, and this will be experienced in many different ways. There are those who would hold onto the shore…there is no shore. The shore is crumbling. Push off into the middle of the river. Keep your head above the water, look […]Read more "There is no shore"
If there is some end of the things we do, which we desire for its own sake, clearly this must be the good. Will not knowledge of it, then, have a great influence on life? Shall we not, like archers who have a mark to aim at, be more likely to hit upon what we […]Read more "To Become Aware of the Whole of our Actions"