What is Time? (Psychology)




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You could view the present as indistinguishable from the past and future, or completely distinguishable.

When too much information is present, as always, the mind chooses what to focus on.

Both of these views are true.

You could view the present as something which has never happened before and will never happen again.

You could view the present as a series of events that have happened before and will happen again.

Both are true – but some people are focused more into one than the other.  And a perspective of life may be formed on this basis.

The first would move people to recognize importance, and yield more purpose of will.

The second would make home and habit more intelligible.

“In your forethinking, you realize the nullity of your current being as a smallest point between the infinity of what has passed and of what is to come.  The thinker is small, he feels great if he distances himself from thinking.”  –  Carl Jung, part of larger text in Red Book, page 201, Resolution

“The spirit of this time has condemned us to haste.  You have no more futurity and no more past if you serve the spirit of this time.  We need the life of eternity.  We bear the future and the past in the depths.  The future is old and the past is young.  You serve the spirit of this time, and believe that you are able to escape the spirit of the depths.  But the depths do no hesitate any longer and will force you into the mysteries of Christ.” –  Carl Jung, part of larger text in Red Book, page 202, Resolution

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Freedom is inescapable.  Even when the number of choices is limited, control and predetermination and predictability is not a given.

As the present is always renewed, union with death is inevitable.  The full capacity of the known is found by humblest entry into the unknown.

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