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Oh, well…

“Looking after children can be a subtle way of giving up.  They become the whole ones, the well ones, the postponement of happiness, the ones who won’t drink too much, give up, get divorced, become mentally ill.  The part of oneself that’s fighting against decay and depression is transferred to guarding them from decay and depression.  In the meantime one decays and gets depressed.” — Edward St. Aubyn, Mother’s Milk

Published inEdward St. AubynLit & Crit

5 Comments

  1. CJ CJ

    Jung got it so right when he said that children are influenced most by the unlived lives of their parents.

    • Jung was a wise, perceptive man. I look forward to reading his work again someday.

  2. CJ CJ

    Me too Tetman. I read Jung in my twenties and much has changed in me and in my world since then.

    • I didn’t read him until my early forties. It was a mind-expanding experience.

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