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Jung on Artists

From "Modern Man In Search Of A Soul" --

Every creative person is a duality or a synthesis of contradictory aptitudes. On the one side he is a human being with a personal life, while on the other side he is an impersonal, creative process. Since as a human being he may be sound or morbid, we must look at his psychic make-up to find the determinants of his personality. But we can only understand him in his capacity of artist by looking at his creative achievement. We should make a sad mistake if we tried to explain the mode of life of an English gentleman, a Prussian officer, or a cardinal in terms of personal factors. The gentleman, the officer and the cleric function as such in an impersonal role, and their psychic make-up is qualified by a peculiar objectivity. We must grant that the artist does not function in an official capacity -- the very opposite is nearer the truth. He nevertheless resembles the types I have named in one respect, for the specifically artistic disposition involves an overweight of collective psychic life as against the personal. Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him.

Surviving at the Bottom of the Atlantic Ocean

On Dave's Footsteps

While it is not literally something as the title says it is, the fact that Harrison Odjegba Okene survived for three days in an air pocket with nothing but a few cans of coke just goes to show as to how what lengths a man can go to just to survive. In these cases, most people would have died, but Okene did not and by doing so, he gained international attention, if only for a few minutes. Sure, he may not go on to be a star, but the fact that he showed what the human body can do, even when under such circumstances just goes to show what the human body can do to survive when it goes into full self-preservation mode.

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