Thursday 21 October 2021

Discovered recently (apart from the first Jung quotation)


'It is quite legitimate for nations to treat those [their] differences as a sacred inheritance and guard them at all costs. The Church aims at unity, a unity determined and kept alive by that supernatural love which should be actuating everybody; she does not aim at a uniformity which would only be external in its effects and would cramp the natural tendencies of the nations concerned. Every nation has its own genius, its own qualities, springing from the hidden roots of its being. The wise development, the encouragement within limits, of that genius, those qualities, does no harm; and if a nation cares to take precautions, to lay down rules, for that end, it has the Church's approval. She is mother enough to befriend such projects with her prayers provided that they are not opposed to the duties incumbent on men from their common origin and shared destiny.'
Pope Pius XII

'In 1937, when Freud was visited by the French psychoanalyst René Laforgue, he was asked whether he feared the Nazis. Freud said: “The Nazis? I’m not afraid of them. Help me rather to combat my true enemy”. When Laforgue asked who this was, Freud replied: “Religion, the Roman Catholic Church”.'
Tomiwa Owolade, Unherd three days ago.

'The ethical problem of sexual freedom really is enormous and worth the sweat of all noble souls. but 2000 years of Christianity have to be replaced by something equivalent.'
Carl Jung writing to Freud, 11 February 1910

'We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season in which we are born.'
Carl Jung

'The horror of progress can only be measured by someone who has known a landscape before and after progress has transformed it.'
Nicolas Gomez Davila

'Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.'
Friedrich Nietzsche 


  1. "Unusual relief featuring a frontal depiction of a man holding his phallus is discovered at a Neolithic site in Turkey"

    From comments:

    Thousands of years and some things never change.
    It's the sign for the gents toilet.
    Surely it's a relic not a relief. Relief is what he is doing.
    In ten thousand years time a similar statue will be unearthed with a laptop in front of it.

  2. Excellent quotes, bookmarking this.

  3. In 1978, Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF, with his keen perception and insight, predicted that huge changes would take place in China. He later recalled that he was sure that China would play a vital role on the world stage when he read about Deng Xiaoping's reform and opening-up policy in 1978. In the same year, he extended an invitation to Deng Xiaoping to the WEF. Deng didn't attend himself, but he sent a high-level delegation headed by Qian Junrui, Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, to the 1979 Annual Meeting. Three months later, Dr. Schwab visited Beijing with a European business delegation that included 20 CEOs. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing and established contact. From then on, China has never been absent from the Davos meetings.

    In 2017, at the invitation of Dr. Schwab, President Xi Jinping attended the Opening Session of the WEF Annual Meeting and delivered a keynote speech entitled "Jointly Shoulder Responsibility of Our Times, Promote Global Growth." His speech sent a strong message of supporting economic globalization, receiving enthusiastic response from the international community. China's status and role in global economic governance once again became the center of attention. After President Xi's speech, Dr. Schwab came to the podium and gave passionate comments. He said that President Xi's attendance and speech were of tremendous historical significance and they filled us with confidence for the future. He said that "China would continue to be an important force in the global economy as a driving force." Quoting President Xi's ideas of "a community with a shared future for mankind" and the "Chinese Dream," Dr. Schwab said that we are living in a global, interdependent world and have a common destiny as mankind, that President Xi's speech was crucial for building an innovative, open, fair and inclusive society, and that the Chinese Dream is connected with the global dream. His conclusion that President Xi's speech "brought us some sunshine" received thunderous applause from the audience.

    On December 10, 2018, Dr. Schwab was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal. After receiving the medal, he said that as China further integrates with the world, the WEF will continue to work with China to make greater contributions to building a harmonious society and a community with a shared future for mankind featuring peace, prosperity and mutual understanding.

  4. 'Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.'
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    This may be apropos of your recent laments on the "ravaging" of Covid.

    Flu has always been with us and so will Covid. Life goes on until it doesn't. Try to enjoy life and be less fearful. I try to take my own advice, btw. I'm a healthy active 61 YO male. No jab for me. My last physical my youngishe dr commented on my lack of presciption drugs and how unusual that appeared to her.

    1. I wish you many years of good health. For some conditions drugs can be lifesavers, I think.