The Red Book: A Reader’s Edition (Philemon)

“Man stands between emptiness and fullness.

If his strength combines with fullness, it becomes fully formative.

There is always something good about such formation.

If his strength combines with emptiness, it has a dissolving and destructive effect, since emptiness can never be formed, but only strives to satisfy itself at the cost of fullness.

Combined thus, human force turns emptiness into evil.

“If your force shapes fullness, it does so because of its association with fullness.

But to ensure that your formation continues to exist, it must remain tied to your strength.

Through constant shaping you gradually lose your force, since ultimately all force is associated with the shapeliness that has been given form.
Ultimately where you mistakenly imagine that you are rich, you have actually become poor, and you stand amidst your forms like a beggar.

“That is when the blinded man is seized by an increasing desire to give shape to things, since he believes that manifold increased formation will satisfy his desire.

Because he has spent his force, he becomes desirous: he begins to compel others into his service, and takes their force to pursue his own designs.” ~Carl Jung, The Red Book, Page 287.

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