Archive for December, 2011

December 30, 2011

“Barbaricina”, Sardegna: bistecca di manzo cotta nella Vernaccia, coperta di fiore sardo fuso e tonno.

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December 25, 2011

« The more the critical reason dominates, the more impoverished life becomes; but the more of the unconscious, and the more of myth we are capable of making conscious, the more of life we integrate. Overvalued reason has this in common with political absolutism: under its dominion the individual is pauperized. »
~ “Memories, dreams, reflections”, C.G. Jung.

December 25, 2011

« Reforms by advances, that is, by new methods or gadgets, are of course impressive at first, but in the long run they are dubious and in any case dearly paid for. They by no means increase the contentment or happiness of people on the whole. Mostly, they are deceptive sweetenings of existence, like speedier communications which unpleasantly accelerate the tempo of life and leave us with less time than ever before. Omnis festinatio ex parte diaboli est — all haste is of the devil, as the old masters used to say. »
~ “Memories, dreams, reflections”, C.G. Jung.

Le cri de Merlin

December 25, 2011

« Merlin’s life in the forest, after he had vanished from the world. Men still hear his cries, so the legend runs, but they cannot understand or interpret them. […] Merlin represents an attempt by the medieval unconscious to create a parallel figure to Parsifal. Parsifal is a Christian hero, and Merlin, son of the devil and a pure virgin, is his dark brother. »
~ “Memories, dreams, reflections”, C.G. Jung.

December 25, 2011

« [Goethe] regarded his Faust as an opus magnum or divinum. He called it his “main business”, and his whole life was enacted within the framework of this drama. »
~ “Memories, dreams, reflections”, C.G. Jung.

December 25, 2011

« This is the fund of unconscious images which fatally confuse the mental patient. But it is also the matrix of a mythopoeic imagination which has vanished from our rational age. Though such imagination is present everywhere, it is both tabooed and dreaded, so that it even appears to be a risky experiment or a questionable adventure to entrust oneself to the uncertain path that leads into the depths of the unconscious. […] It is considered the path of error, of equivocation and misunderstanding. […] Unpopular, ambiguous, and dangerous, it is a voyage of discovery to the other pole of the world. »
~ “Memories, dreams, reflections”, C.G. Jung.

December 25, 2011

« Give away all that thou hast, then shalt thou receive. »
~ Old Greek maxim

December 25, 2011

« […] The crucial insight that there are things in the psyche which I do not produce, but which produce themselves and have their own life. Philemon represented a force which was not myself. In my fantasies I held conversations with him, and he said things which I had not consciously thought. For I observed clearly that it was he who spoke, not I. He said I treated thoughts as if I generated them myself, but in his view thoughts were like animals in the forest, or people in a room, or birds in the air, and added, “If you should see people in a room, you would not think that you had made those people, or that you were responsible for them”. »
~ “Memories, dreams, reflections”, C.G. Jung.

Presepe 2011

December 25, 2011

Il fiume, che di solito circonda il microcosmo e ne rappresenta confine e sorgente vitale, oggi cade precipitosamente dal tavolo, nel non-essere del pavimento. La barca dei pescatori, con molti e grossi pesci argentei a bordo, cade anch’essa rovinosamente dal piano del presepe, tra le urla e i gesti dei pastori a terra. Il fiume è separato dalla capanna del bambino da una sorta di giardino all’Italiana, locus conclusus in cui due donne chiacchierano amabilmente. Un’altra sorgente d’acqua nasce dalla capanna del bambino: un sottile, invisibile rigagnolo di sorgiva a cui si abbeverano esclusivamente galline e maiali. La natività è vicina solo ad animali e tronchi d’albero. La civiltà dell’uomo giace lontana, alle sorgenti del fiume.

December 24, 2011

Miele di castagno e slinzega di capra. Schiacciata romana con mozzarella, funghi trifolati, tartufo e lardo al teroldego.