Losing sight of the soul

In mythologies worldwide, birds are symbols or carriers of the soul, even seen as the soul itself. Today we see the soul-bird being caged.

Carl Gustav Jung: ‘The world hangs on a thin thread, and that is the psyche of man.’ (University of Houston interviews, 1957)

The soul has been one of the three most influential ideas in history, the others being the idea of Europe and the experiment — that’s the assertion made by Peter Watson in his magisterial tome, Ideas: A History from Fire to Freud (2005).



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Geoff Ward

Writer, poet, tutor and mentor in literature and creative writing (MA and BA Hons degrees in English literature), book editor, journalist and musician.