Vegetal ontology in Jung

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“Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away—an ephemeral apparition. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.” –C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

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  1. mary9macrina says:

    “The immense processes of transformation like those taking place today, and in the far- and deep-reaching mutations that have been occurring for generations and extend into the present, are neither accidental, nor inexplicable in ontological, existential or sociological terms. They are latent in origin; they are always back-leaps, so to speak, into the already (ever-) present future. This is the way in which origin, budding and unfolding in space and time, emerges on earth and in our daily lives. The divine spiritual source and future of that which appears to us as an event ought never be forgotten.” —Gebser, , The Ever -Present Origin.

  2. dmf says:

    that’s a good example of Jung’s monotheistic Kantian bias, if you get a chance check out Branka Arsic’s
    On Leaving: A Reading in Emerson

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