This week’s Wednesday Wisdom comes from two questions posed to Carl Jung: “How am I to live?” He answers:
Your questions are unanswerable because you want to know how one ought to live. One lives as one can. There is no single, definite way for the individual which is prescribed for him….if you want to go your individual way, it is the way you make for yourself, which is never prescribed, which you do not know in advance, and which simply comes into being of itself when you put one foot in front of the other. If you always do the next thing that needs to be done, you will go most safely and sure-footedly along the path prescribed by your unconscious. Then it is naturally no help at all to speculate about how you ought to live. And then you know, too, that you cannot know it, but quietly do the next and most necessary thing. If you do with conviction the next and most necessary thing, you are always doing something meaningful and intended by fate.
No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life.