To think that the beauty of all the life, the billions and billions and billions of years of evolution to build up the plants and the animals and the whole beauty of nature, and that man would go out of sheer shadow foolishness and destroy it all… I mean, that all life might go from the planet. And we don’t know, on Mars and Venus there is no life. We don’t know if there’s any life experiment elsewhere in the galaxies. And we go and destroy this? I think it’s so abominable… I try to pray that it may not happen, that a miracle happens.

I think all of this is partly in the consciousness and partly in the unconscious of young people today, and in a very dangerous way. Namely, in the way of giving up and running away into a fantasy world. You know, when you study science fiction you see there’s always the fantasy of escaping to some other planet and ‘begin anew again.’ Which means, give up the battle on this Earth. Consider it hopeless, and give up. I think one shouldn’t give up. If man would wrestle with himself, if man would tell himself not to do it! If we would reflect more…

Jung never thought that we might do better than just possibly sneak ‘round the corner, with not too big of a catastrophe. When I saw him last, he had also a vision while I was there with him. He said, ‘I see enormous stretches devastated, enormous stretches of the Earth. But thank God it’s not the whole planet.’

I think that if not more people try to reflect and take back their projections and take the opposites within themselves, there will be a total destruction.

Marie-Louise von Franz on humanity’s destruction of nature, modern science fiction, and Carl Jung’s last vision of the future of humanity

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#carl jung

#climate change

#science fiction

#earth

#marie-louise von franz

#psychology

#environment

#astronomy

#jung

#nuclear war

#extinction

#nature

I shall die, but that is all I shall do for Death.
I hear him leading his horse out of the stall; I hear the clatter on the barn door.
He is in haste; he has business in Cuba, business in the Balkans, many calls to make this morning.
But I will not hold the bridle while he cinches the girth.
And he may mount by himself: I will not give him a leg up.
Though he flick my shoulders with his whip, I will not tell him which way the fox ran.
With his hoof on my breast, I will not tell him where the black boy hides in the swamp.
I shall die, but that is all I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll.
I will not tell him the whereabouts of my friends nor of my enemies either.
Though he promise me much, I will not map him the route to any man’s door.
Am I a spy in the land of the living, that I should deliver men to Death?
Brother, the password and the plans of our city are safe with me; never through me
Shall you be overcome.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), “Conscientious Objector”

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#death

#pacifism

#edna st. vincent millay

#poem

#poetry

#dying

#conscientious objector

sisterwolf:

Stage design for The Queen of the Night sequence from Mozart’s Magic Flute - Simon Quaglio in 1818.

sisterwolf:

Stage design for The Queen of the Night sequence from Mozart’s Magic Flute - Simon Quaglio in 1818.

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#ethereal

#art

#queen of the night

#magic flute

#celestial

#simon quagilo

astrotastic:

afro-dominicano:

Twists of NGC 3718 by Mark Hanson

A careful look at this colorful cosmic snapshot reveals a surprising number of galaxies both near and far toward the constellation Ursa Major.

The most striking is NGC 3718, the warped spiral galaxy near picture center. NGC 3718’s spiral arms look twisted and extended, mottled with young blue star clusters. Drawn out dust lanes obscure its yellowish central regions. A mere 150 thousand light-years to the right is another large spiral galaxy, NGC 3729.

The two are likely interacting gravitationally, accounting for the peculiar appearance of NGC 3718. While this galaxy pair lies about 52 million light-years away, the remarkable Hickson Group 56 can also be seen clustered above NGC 3718, near the top of the frame. Hickson Group 56 consists of five interacting galaxies and lies over 400 million light-years away.

There are over 5000 galaxies in this image down to 24th magnitude.

:D

(via thedemon-hauntedworld)

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#space

#stars

#galaxies

#universe

#astronomy

#cosmos

Walker, it is in your footsteps
that are the road, no more;
walker, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.

Antonio Machado (via zencalendar)

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#antonio machado

#zen

#poetry

#wisdom

#buddhism

#poem

#life

#self-reliance

#trust

Whatever it is you experience, you have to go all the way through it before you overcome it. It’s not as if you can just repeat the word ‘peace’ to yourself and then as soon as you sit, you expect peace will arise like at the click of a switch, and when it doesn’t then you give up — lazy. If that’s the case you’ll never be peaceful.

Ajahn Chah, Buddhist teacher (1918-1992)

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#wisdom

#buddhism

#zen

#ajahn chah

#darkness

#peace

#meditation

#experience

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