The Quality of Our Suffering

David Price
4 min readNov 25, 2022
Martine Maurice

“We can practice being gentle with each other by being gentle with that piece of ourselves that is hardest to hold.”

— Audre Lorde

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“That’s the thing about Sagittarius: We seem larger than life and unapproachable on the outside. Few people will ask if we’re okay because we’re great entertainers. Even in the midst of a breakdown, a Sagittarius is mesmerizing and magnetic. We appear in control because we want even the drama to be beautiful. There’s an effortlessness to the archer that translates to irreverence — half heart, half I-don’t-care.”

Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky

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“A psychoneurosis must be understood, ultimately, as the suffering of a soul which has not discovered its meaning. But all creativeness in the realm of the spirit as well as every psychic advance of man arises from the suffering of the soul, and the cause of the suffering is spiritual stagnation, or psychic sterility.”

— Carl Gustav Jung

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In the Jung World James Hillman is somewhat of a Trickster figure.

— Jon Wilson

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James Hillman undoes. You enter his writing and a conversation or an argument will occur, either with him, with yourself, or with some well -worn belief system. Favorite theories will be turned on their head or you’ll be guarding them all the closer’ — ‘Hillman lifts rocks and reveals the strange creatures beneath. He locates fissures of narrow mindedness and drops into their blind spaces.

— Dr Glen Slater

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The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering.

— Tom Waits

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I know I have a bit of that trickster energy, not because I’m a Sagittarius through and through, but because I’m so entertained by people like Hillman and Tom Waits. There are some people, I’m quite aware, who are offended by this kind of energy. They are seen as the class clown, disruptive and unserious. It’s a way of uncovering reality that goes unappreciated, in my opinion. I think we could use a bit more playfulness in our lives, a bit more…

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David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.