seventh seal

“Flight from life does not exempt us from the law of age and death. The neurotic who tries to wiggle out of the necessity of living wins nothing and only burdens himself with a constant foretaste of ageing and dying, which must appear especially cruel on account of the total emptiness and meaninglessness of his life. If it is not possible for the libido to strive forwards, to lead a life that willingly accepts all dangers and ultimate decay, then it strikes back along the other road and sinks into its own depths…”

C.G. Jung, Symbols of Transformation