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September 9, 2013 Categories: behaviour. Tags: behaviour and music. Formats: Quote. No Comments on The role of culture

A human being would not grow to be 70 or 80 years old if…longevity had no meaning for the species to which he belongs. The afternoon of human life must also have a significance of its own and cannot be merely a pitiful appendage of life’s morning. The significance of the morning undoubtedly lies in the development of the individual, our entrenchment in the outer world, the propagation of our kind and the care of our children. This is the obvious purpose of nature. But…whoever carried over into the afternoon the law of the morning must pay for so doing with damage to his soul. Moneymaking, social existence, family and posterity are nothing but plain nature – not culture. Culture lies beyond the purpose of nature. Could by any chance culture be the nature and purpose of the second half of life?

Carl Jung, quoted in Play it again, Alan Rusbridger, Jonathan Cape, London 2013

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