To Oskar A. H. Schmitz

Dear Herr Schmitz, 23 February 1931

I consider the puer aeternus1 attitude an unavoidable evil.

Identity with the puer signifies a psychological puerility that could do nothing better than outgrow itself.

It always leads to external blows of fate which show the need for another attitude.

But reason accomplishes nothing, because the puer aeternus is always an agent of destiny.

With best regards,

C.G. Jung, ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Page 82