Here is a wonderful meditation on character, both general and personal, from Debra, who shares with me a keen interest in the writings and world view of James Hillman. It makes a great companion piece to my previous post on Hillman. Thanks Debra!
“A man’s character is his fate.” Heraclitus (540 BC – 480 BC), On the Universe
“If the final purpose of aging is character, then character finishes life, polishes it into a more lasting image.” James Hillman
If I have felt compelled towards living life closer to the margins, seeking out what is obscure, liminal, or for understanding more deeply the nature of life, I might trace these loose threads back to childhood and the memory of my dear Great, Great Aunt Bunny. The family myth taking root early in my life often compared my oddness to hers. Maybe another child would not have taken the myth to heart and some may say a child should be left without a myth or vision handed down by an ancestor, but I remain grateful.
Although long since passed on, her presence fosters in me a love of life’s oddness. Through the legacy…
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Thank you Morgan! I appreciate the reblog and I love that we share such a keen interest in Hillman.
Thanks for the link. Very interesting reading.