Quote: Intellect in service to wonder

My posts tend to run a little long.  So, I’ve decided to start a thought-provoking quote series.  I’ll just be sharing the quote, with little to no commentary in the post, but feel free to comment and I’d be happy to discuss the quote in the comments with anyone who is interested.

This week’s quote comes from James Hollis, one of my favorite Jungian authors.

“The theologian Paul Tillich once observed that the chief curse of our time is not that we are evil, though often we are, but that we are banal, superficial.  The recovery of depth will never come through an act of intellect, unless that intellect is in service to wonder.

– James Hollis, The Archetypal Imagination

(Note: As it is used above, the word “depth” is synonymous with meaning or meaningfulness.)

I think this might be a good slogan for religious naturalism: “intellect in service to wonder”.

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  • http://blacklightmetaphysics.wordpress.com Chirotus Infinitum

    I kind of see that as a good resolution to the false intellect/intuition dichotomy. I won’t let my passions or feelings and intuition rule me, but I don’t run on cold unfeeling logic. The two balance each other, keep each other in check.

    Intellect in Service to Wonder would be a good magical motto, or a motto for a coat of arms.

  • http://blacklightmetaphysics.wordpress.com Chirotus Infinitum

    I kind of see that as a good resolution to the false intellect/intuition dichotomy. I won’t let my passions or feelings and intuition rule me, but I don’t run on cold unfeeling logic. The two balance each other, keep each other in check.

    Intellect in Service to Wonder would be a good magical motto, or a motto for a coat of arms.


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