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Friday, July 10, 2015

Carl Jung on “Middle Age.” [Anthology]





From the middle of life, only he who is willing to die with life remains living. Since what takes place in the secret hour of life's midday is the reversal of the parabola, the birth of death ... ~Carl Jung; Soul and death, CW 8, §800.

From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life. ~Carl Jung; CW 8; Para 800.

Unfortunately I know far too little of X.'s personal life to presume to an opinion, but with young people one must always be careful in this respect, because the demands of instinct are only too easily covered up by deceptive spiritual interests. …I would conjecture that this is so because middle life has set in too early in consequence of a relatively short life expectancy. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Page 169.

You must be in the middle of life, surrounded by death on all sides. ~Carl Jung, The Red Book, Page 370.

Life is an energetic process like any other. But every energetic process is in principle irreversible and therefore unequivocally directed toward a goal, and the goal is the state of rest ... From the middle of life, only he who is willing to die with life remains living. ~Carl Jung, Liber Novus, Page 274, Footnote 75.