Saturday, November 13, 2004

What is it in the end, that induces a person to go his or her own way and to rise out of unconscious identity with the mass as out of a swathing mist? Not necessity, for necessity comes to many, and they all take refuge in convention. Not moral decision, for nine times out of ten we decide for convention likewise. What is it, then, that inexorably tips the scales in favour of the extra-ordinary? It is what is commonly called vocation: an irrational factor that destines a person to emancipate him/herself from the herd and from its well-worn paths. True personality is always a vocation and puts its trust in it as in God...But vocation acts like a law of God from which there is no escape...He must obey his own law, as if it were a daemon whispering to him of new and wonderful paths.
Carl Jung