Where are your Roots? Have You forgotten them, growth height and width? 

 

Your Roots are, where You are coming from, where You belong, and who You are. Even how height and width You are growing, You are always grounded by your roots. 

 

Said by Carl Jung: “No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell”. 

 

This sentence was written by the Swiss psychologist and historian of religion, Carl Gustav Jung. It appears in chapter 5 of a book by Jung, titled Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self. This book was written in 1951. 

 

This quote has been ripped out of context and spread around on the internet with wild abandon. 

 

Many websites falsely attribute it to Nietzsche, while others attribute it to the romance-era poet, Heinrich Heine. Black Metal and Norse mythology websites pretend the quote has something to do with the giant ash tree reaching to Yggdrasil. 

 

These are all utterly false rumors.

 

Jung was not discussing Hell and he was not talking about Heaven. He was instead making an analogy between the mental archetypes of light being opposite darkness; particularly about how those archetypes manifest in both traditional, christian symbolism, as well as theology. 

 

Jung even discusses the Renaissance in this chapter.

 

As Nietzsche’s was writing in Thus Spake Zarathustra, “But it is the same with man as with the tree. The more he seeks to rise into the height and light, the more vigorously do his roots struggle earthword, downword, into the dark, the deep – into evil”. 

 

On another level it also means that we must blend the earthly practical life with the idealistic spiritual life. Sitting on a lotus leaf concerned with our own spiritual development, while ignoring those who are struggling, is fantasy and delusion. And in the opposite extreme, material knowledge without lofty ideals is destructive.

 

We can’t just get to heaven. We have to learn lessons and learn how to be a good person, and the only way we learn things and become better is by going through the HARDEST things. 

 

With The Anxiety Industry – At the limits of anxious consumerism. Atomizing discourses of ‘self-care’ and ‘wellness’ persuade people that if they are feeling sick, depressed, or anxious, the issues are not social or economic, but individual.

 

That’s with our Roots, we have all Anxiety in our Lives if our Roots are not taken enough water and substances for our health or spirit from the ground. 

 

So with the right self-care, we can have a very beautiful and healthy three, growing from our Roots. We will be stronger and stand against all influences from the future. If we are doing any self-care we will be weak, with any leaves and be ready for the influences in the future to take control of our growth. 

 

So maybe you some day will ask yourself, am I what I should be, or what they want me to be. Have I done the right through my life or have I failed. That’s the secret every human spirit will undergo some day as a resignation of life, but even the root of our life, is what we are. Nothing can change that. 

 

We can only change the strength or weakness of our Life Tree. With or without Religion, with or without Cultural Relation, with or without Political Influence, we are all born and growing from our Roots of Birth. 

 

As with our Roots of Birth, Cultures show up in many forms and are expressed differently. So even we are different from our Birth destination, Yet all forms and levels of cultures express and share three fundamental aspects: values, assumptions, and symbols.

 

Value systems are fundamental to understanding how culture expresses itself. Values often serve as principles that guide people in their behaviors and actions. Our values, ideally, should match up with what we say we will do, and our values are most evident in symbolic forms. 

 

Our values are supported by our assumptions of our world. They are beliefs or ideas that we believe and hold to be true. They come about through repetition. This repetition becomes a habit we form and leads to habitual patterns of thinking and doing. 

 

We do not realize our assumptions because they are ingrained in us at an unconscious level. We are aware of it when we encounter a value or belief that is different from ours, when it makes us feel that we need to stand up for, or validate, our beliefs.

 

Anthropologist Clifford GeertzGeertz (1973). believed that culture was a system based on symbols. He said that people use symbols to define their world and express their emotions. 

 

As human beings, we all learn, both consciously and unconsciously, starting at a very young age. What we internalize comes through observation, experience, interaction, and what we are taught. We manipulate symbols to create meaning and stories that dictate our behaviors, to organize our lives, and to interact with others.

 

At no time in history have human populations been static. From the earliest centuries, societies expanded, contracted, fought, cooperated, merged, conquered, collapsed, struggled, adapted, and innovated. 

 

People are moving around, all cultures and religions undertake transformation and people change their attitudes and values. 

 

Some had retreated into isolated corners in the face of the advance of other cultures, seeking to maintain a way of life. Others had been forced off traditional lands and pushed into less desirable territories, where they faced little competition for resources. For all peoples, the passage of time was marked by change, choice, and a struggle to determine their destiny.

 

Demographic changes and shifts in individual and family schedules also impacted on inheritance, contributing to mounting domestic pressures around a midlife situation and self consciousness. 

 

In 1965, the psychoanalyst and social scientist Elliott Jaques introduced a term, the ‘midlife crisis’, that continues to structure Western understandings and experiences of middle age. 

 

“The compulsive attempts, in many men and women reaching middle age, to remain young, the hypochondriacal concern over health and appearance, the emergence of sexual promiscuity in order to prove youth and potency, the hollowness and lack of genuine enjoyment of life, and the frequency of religious concern, are familiar patterns. They are attempts at a race against time”

 

In the post-war decades, the midlife crisis was understood in two principal ways. On the one hand, problems of midlife were read in terms of the stages and transitions of adult psychological development, an approach that had already been outlined by Granville Stanley Hall, Carl Jung and Erik Erikson earlier in the century. 

 

These writers argued that the inability to integrate various facets of personality and identity across the life course led to depressive crises and attempts to forestall the inevitable march of time. 

 

It’s here You hit the wall and begin thinking of Your Life. Thinking of Your Roots of identity and Your life tree. You are aware not only of the social clocks that operate in various areas of Your life but also of Your own timing; and You maybe readily describe yourselves as ‘early,’ ‘late,’ or ‘on time’ with regard to the major life events. 

 

According to the historian Howard Chudacoff, the growing homogeneity of experiences through the life course was one factor leading to greater ‘age consciousness’ in American culture. 

 

The construction of age norms during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was encouraged by transformations in the structure of schools and the workplace, by new forms of classification and communication, and by mounting dependency on the clock at home and in the office. 

 

Personal awareness of age-related milestones was promoted by a growing consumer economy with its renewed emphasis on the consumption of entertainment, home furnishings, cars, holidays, clothes, and food and drink. 

 

It is important to recognize, however, that the demographic stability of the standardized life cycle was not necessarily matched by greater family stability or equality within relationships. Nor were improved life prospects or the capacity to realize personal goals distributed evenly across populations 

 

Even changes in cultures and living of humans with all this moving around of the populations people although tended to retain older traditional patterns and rhythms across the life course, which in some ways provided a buffer against rapid social change, working-class parents and their families aged more rapidly, as George Orwell pointed out in 1941. 

 

The same as we are doing when growing up, we tend to hold traditions from our Roots of Birth, because we belong to that ground we were born on. 

 

Looking at our days of people who are running from wars and human catastrophes, they all take their traditions with them, as these are their groundbase of their Roots of Existence. 

 

We are all growing from our Roots and will always do. If we are cut from Our Roots, we will die. This is something every human has to understand, why we are necessary to accept each other with the life we have. 

 

We are our Roots, even how height and width we are growing. 

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