Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift

Books

Achievement

There is a need for people knowing about their shadow, because there must be somebody who does not project. They ought to be in a visible position where they would be expected to project and unexpectedly they do not project! They can thus set a visible example which would not be seen if they were […]

Focus

Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” The Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Alice: “I don’t much care where—” The Cat: “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” Alice: “—so long as I get somewhere.” The Cat: “Oh, you’re […]

Responsibility

As any change must begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will undergo it and carry it through. The change must begin with one individual; it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford to look around and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself. As […]

Action

We are what we repeatedly do. -Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy (1967)

Fun

On the other hand, the perfect control of emotion, however desirable from one point of view, would be a questionable accomplishment, for it would deprive social intercourse of all variety, colour, warmth, and charm. -C.G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self (1957)

Gentleness

Consciousness is a very recent acquisition and as such is still in an “experimental state” — frail, menaced by specific dangers, and easily injured. As a matter fact, one of the most common mental derangements among primitives consists in the “loss of the soul,” which, as the term indicates, means a noticeable dissociation of consciousness. […]

Patience

The development of consciousness is a slow and laborious process that took untold ages to reach the civilized state (which we date somewhat arbitrarily from the invention of writing, about 4000 B.C.). Although the development since that date seems to be considerable, it is still far from complete. -C.G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self (1957)

Wholeness

Sometimes a dream is of such vital importance that its messages reaches consciousness no matter how uncomfortable or shocking it may be. From the standpoint of mental equilibrium and physiological health in general, it is much better for the conscious and the unconscious to be connected and to move on parallel lines than for them […]

Awareness

The message of the unconscious is of greater importance than most people realize. As consciousness is exposed to all sorts of external attractions and distractions, it is easily led astray and seduced into following ways that are unsuited to its individuality. The general function of dreams is to balance such disturbances in the mental equilibrium […]

Awareness

It is, indeed, the great trouble of our time that so many people exist whose right hand does not know what their left is doing. It is by no means the neurotic alone who finds himself in this predicament. It is not a recent development, nor can it be blamed on Christian morality; it is, […]