The Hermit Poet

January 14, 2005

Man, The Smaller Infinity

Filed under: Quotes — Neil Aitken @ 1:01 pm

Man is a gateway, through which from the outer world of gods, daemons, and souls ye pass into the inner world; out of the greater into the smaller world. Small and transitory is man. Already is he behind you, and once again ye find yourselves in endless space, in the smaller or innermost infinity.

~ C.G. Jung. “Seven Sermons to the Dead.” Memories, Dreams, Reflections. ed. Aniela Jaffe, final rev. ed. (New York: Pantheon Books 1973), 389

This is a fascinating thought — that man is the portal through which the supernatural / metaphysical / mythic is passed into the world. In a literal sense, it is a translation (which mathematically implies the movement of a entity in space and time while still retaining its original orientation). Man is the microcosm. The small scale infinity.

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