Chapter 2 The unfolding of Jung's time theory

Dreaming the myth onwards

Who would fare better in this world of fitful time?Those who have seen the future and live only one life?Or those who have not seen the future and wait to live life?Or those who deny the future and live two lives?

Alan Lightman, Einstein’s Dreams: A Novel1

In the previous chapter I examined the vital role of time, in the context of Septem Sermones for the distinction between two realms: time defines Creatura; mortal humans who belong to this sphere are time-bound. In contrast, Pleroma is timeless and eternal. At the time of writing Septem Sermones Jung’s theory was still quite amorphous; the poem served as a precursor of his later psychological understanding. In the years ...

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