Aging

A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old, if this longevity had no meaning for the human species…The afternoon of human life must have a significance of its own and cnnot be merely a pitiful appendage to life’s morning

– Carl Jung

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the extraverted and the introverted personality, archetypes, and the collective unconscious.

Carl Gustav Jung (/ˈjʊŋ/ yuung; German: [ˈkarl ˈɡʊstaf ˈjʊŋ]; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology.

His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, literature, and related fields.

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‘The elders of ancient cultures were the peacemakers. Males from their late teens into adulthood often developed aggressive behaviour but it was the older men, the elders who abjured aggression, avoided provocations and encouraged peace. They countered the brash tendencies of the young with balance and reason. We have lost this healthy balance.’

– Denise Linn

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5 thoughts on “Aging

  1. We in this culture value beauty and youth above those things that are really important. Things that you must grow into like culture, understanding, tempered reactions, empathy, charity, and wisdom. I realize as I get older that people pay less attention to what I say because the beauty of my youth is fading. It is sad because what I have to say is so much more learned and knowledgable now. It just amazes me how much emphasis is put on looks and youth in our culture. Both of these things have nothing to do with what really matters, the character of the human.

  2. I agree.
    I wonder, is it related to capitalism and materialism?

  3. This is so true, as a man and having passed through the early stages of life it is my observation that when we are young our priorities are not right, I think materialism has something to do with it. How much you accumulate by whatever means marks your success. As you gain experience, you realize that things are just things with no long term value whatsoever. It is the people and relationships that truly matter. That is what I have observed.

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