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The Insolubility Of Life’s Greatest Problems

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The Insolubility Of Life’s Greatest Problems

The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble…They can never be solved, bu only outgrown…This ‘outgrowing’, as I formerly called it, on further experience was seen to consist in a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest arose on the person’s horizon, and through this widening of view, the insoluble problem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically in its own terms, but faded out when confronted with a new and stronger life-tendency.

What on a lower level had led to the wildest conflicts and to emotions full of panic, viewed from the higher-level of the personally now seemed like a storm in a valley seen from a high mountain top. This does not mean that the thunderstorm is robbed of its reality; it mean that, instead of being in it, one is now above it.

 

Carl Jung

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