dark night of soul

A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on daniel pinchbeck, 2012, depression, and dark night of soul

My loss of interest in contemporary culture was only a symptom of a deeper malady – a disavowal of almost everything that had once fascinated or at least entertained me.  Some crisis was announcing itself, a “dark night of the soul” carefully prepared by me history, it seems to me now, though I did not see it that way at the time.  Stalking the all-too-familiar pavement of New York City, I felt I was skating across the thinnest coating of ice, and beneath that slick crust the void was waiting to claim me, to crush me in the impersonal oblivion that had terrified me as a child.  A simple question confronted me – “Is this it?” – and kept intensifying its mocking force, whispering that my life was a lie.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 25

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A Quote by Thomas Hoving on failure, dark night of soul, compassion, and judgement

Since you are somewhat special, you'll have to be very careful and work very hard to learn how to press yourself into the existence of others.  Stand in the shoes of others, wear their clothes, enter their heads, imagine their anxieties, their clouded thoughts, their superstitons, their untutored responses and unthinking and dumb inclusions.  Recall before you dismiss all the stupidities of mankind, that even in ignorance there are some words of wisdom.  That even in hysteria there has got to be a glint of reason.  That even in stubborn and recalcitrant opinion there is a sensitivity of true thoughtfulness.  And if you do press yourself into the existence of others and their minds, you have periods of grave doubt and concern and skepticism, and if you really get into the skin of another human being and become immersed in his or her own nerve shoots, you will say, I'm wrong, they're right.  You might even say, the heck with them all, alright.  And if you go either way it's going to be the same thing because you're going to be experiencing the dark night of soul and maybe a lot of failure which is the next greatest professor you're going to have in life.

Thomas Hoving

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