FACING THE PROSPECT OF DEATH
The quote strikes me as the only way to live in our late years:
“In October 1959,” writes Demarco, “Carl Jung was interviewed for the BBCFace to Face programme. He was 84 – I remember seeing the programme. Near the end, John Freeman asked him what advice he gives to older patients regarding the prospect of death. This is what he said:
“’I have treated many old people and it’s quite interesting to watch what the unconscious is doing with the fact that it is apparently threatened with a complete end. It disregards it. Life behaves as if it were going on, and so I think it is better for old people to live on – to look forward to the next day, as if we had to spend centuries – and then we live properly.
“’But when we are afraid, when we don’t look forward, we look back, we petrify, we get stiff and we die before our time. But when we’re living on, looking forward to the great adventure that is ahead, then we live – and that, I think, is about what the unconscious is intending to do.'”
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