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The Symbolic Life

Faust aptly says: “Im Anfang war die Tat” (in the beginning was the deed).

Deeds were never invented, they were done.

Thoughts, on the other hand, are a relatively late discovery; they were found, and then they were sought and found.

Yet unreflected life existed long before man; it was not invented, but in it man found himself as an afterthought.

First he was moved to deeds by unconscious factors, and only a long time afterwards did he begin to reflect about the causes that had moved him; then it took him a very long time indeed to arrive at the preposterous idea that he must have moved himself—his mind being
unable to see any other motivating force than his own.

We would laugh at the idea of a plant or an animal inventing itself, yet there are many people who believe that the psyche or the mind invented itself and thus brought itself into being.

As a matter of fact, the mind has grown to its present state of consciousness as an acorn grows into an oak or as saurians developed into mammals.

As it has been, so it is still, and thus we are moved by forces from within as well as from without. ~Carl Jung, CW 18, Para 553

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