To finity and beyond

[I]t is only through the part we have access to the whole, only through the limited that we have access to the unlimited, only through passivity that we have access to activity; but it is only through the whole that we have access to the part, only through the unlimited do we have access to the limited, only through activity do we have access to passivity.*
(Friedrich Schiller)

Perhaps Jung’s most compelling contribution is the idea of individuation, that is, the lifelong project of becoming more nearly the whole person we were meant to be – what the gods intended, not the parent, or the tribe, or especially, the easily intimidated or inflated ego.**
(James Hollis)

We ought to have no idea of who we can become over a lifetime.

If it were scripted from the beginning then it would be limiting. Our limitations are only a doorway to the unlimited. And your myths as expressions of the unlimited and, as such, are doorways to the limited:

Infinite players are not serious actors in any story, but the joyful poets of a story that continues to originate what they cannot finish.^

Buzz Lightyear wants to explore infinity and beyond infinity, and perhaps what he’ll find is “finity” – for we need both. The trick is to not only to hold the finite in the infinite but also the infinite within the finite: the infinite within the finite within the infinite.

(*From Friedrich Schiller’s On the Aesthetic Education of Man.)
(**James Hollis, quoted in Brené Brown’s Rising Strong.)
(^From James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.)

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