Within the spring of 1957, whilst he used to be eighty-one years previous, C. G. Jung undertook the telling of his existence tale. At average durations he had conversations together with his colleague and buddy Aniela Jaffé, and collaborated together with her within the guidance of the textual content in line with those talks. from time to time, he was once moved to put in writing complete chapters of the publication in his personal hand, and he persevered to paintings at the ultimate levels of the manuscript till almost immediately earlier than his dying on June 6, 1961.
This version of Memories, desires, Reflections comprises Jung's VII Sermones advert Mortuos. it's a totally corrected version.
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Vegetation me too, yet no longer in a systematic feel. i used to be interested in them for a cause i couldn't comprehend, and with a powerful feeling that they ought to not be pulled up and dried. They have been dwelling beings which had that means in simple terms as long as they have been becoming and flowering—a hidden, mystery which means, considered one of God’s suggestions. They have been to be seemed with awe and meditated with philosophical wonderment. What the biologist needed to say approximately them was once attention-grabbing, however it used to be no longer the basic factor. but i couldn't clarify to myself what this crucial factor was once. How have been crops on the topic of the Christian faith or to the negation of the need, for instance? This used to be anything i couldn't fathom. They evidently partook of the divine nation of innocence which it used to be greater to not disturb. in terms of distinction, bugs have been denatured plants—flowers and culmination which had presumed to move slowly approximately on legs or stilts and to fly round with wings just like the petals of blossoms, and busied themselves preying on vegetation. due to this illegal task they have been condemned to mass executions, June insects and caterpillars being the especial objectives of such punitive expeditions. My “sympathy with all creatures” was once strictly constrained to warm-blooded animals. the one exceptions one of the cold-blooded vertebrates have been frogs and toads, due to their resemblance to humans. 1 In regard to the legend, two times alluded to during this booklet, that Jung used to be a descendant of Goethe, he similar: “The spouse of my great-grandfather (Franz Ignaz Jung, d. 1831), Sophie Ziegler, and her sister have been linked to the Mannheim Theater and have been pals of many writers. the tale is going that Sophie Ziegler had an illegitimate baby through Goethe, and that this baby used to be my grandfather, Carl Gustav Jung. This used to be thought of nearly a longtime truth. My grandfather says no longer a note approximately it in his diaries, in spite of the fact that. He mentions purely that he as soon as observed Goethe in Weimar, after which basically from at the back of! Sophie Ziegler Jung used to be later pleasant with Lotte Kestner, a niece of Goethe’s “Lottchen. ” This Lotte usually got here to determine my grandfather—as, by the way, did Franz Liszt. In later years Lotte Kestner settled in Basel, doubtless due to those shut ties with the Jung family members. ” No facts of this merchandise of kinfolk culture has been present in the on hand resources, the data of the Goethehaus in Frankfurt am major and the baptismal sign up within the Jesuitenkirche in Mannheim. Goethe was once now not in Mannheim on the interval in query, and there's no checklist of Sophie Ziegler’s staying in Weimar or at any place in Goethe’s region. Jung used to talk of this stubbornly chronic legend with a undeniable gratified entertainment, for it could serve to give an explanation for one sophisticated point of his fascination with Goethe’s Faust; it belonged to an internal truth, because it have been. however he could additionally name the tale “annoying. ” He proposal it “in undesirable flavor” and maintained that the area was once already packed with “too many fools who inform such stories of the ‘unknown father.