Who is the third who walks always beside you?
When I count, there are only you and I together.
But when I look ahead up the white road
There is always another one walking beside you
Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded
I do not know whether man or woman
- But who is that on the other side of you?
~ From The Waste Land.
It is important to have a secret,
a premonition of things unknown.
It fills life with something impersonal,
a numinosum. A man who has never experienced
that has missed something important. He must sense
that he lives in a world which in some respects is mysterious;
that things happen and can be experienced which remain
inexplicable; that not everything which happens can be anticipated.
The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world.
Only then is life whole. For me the world has from the beginning been infinite
~ Carl Jung
It never ceases to amaze me how great literature and divine music gives expression to those strange, unfathomable choices and complexities of human existence.