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The I Ching or Book of Changes by Anonymous
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really liked it
bookshelves: religion
Recommended to Erik by: C.G. Jung
Recommended for: everyone
Read in December, 1973 — I own a copy , read count: 2

The introduction by C.G. Jung was quite helpful in making sense of these ancient "divination texts" as reflective tools. So helpful that I tried it several times with the simple coin method and could see what he was getting at. Intellectually, however, the most interesting thing was the suggestion of a radically different sense of time. Emotionally, I had been brought up with the ideology of evolutionary progress while intellectually I subscribed to the notion of time as the essentially neutral schematization of change. Here, in the I Ching, was a formalistic approach to time. In other words, as in astrology or even in Marx's conception of epochs, periods of time have a characteristic entelechy.
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