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Carl Jung // "Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is 'man' in a higher sense...he is 'collective man,' one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic forms of mankind… In his capacity as an artist...he is objective and impersonal...even inhuman...for as an artist he is his work, and not a human being… On one side he is a human being with a personal life, while in the other side he is an impersonal, creative process… The secret of artistic creation and of the effectiveness of art is to be found in a return to the state of 'participation mystique' that level of experience at which it is man who lives, and not the individual, at which the weal or woe of the single human being does not count, but only human existence. This is why every great work of art is objective and impersonal, but none the less profoundly moves us each and all. And this is also why the personal life of the poet cannot be held essential to his art...but at most a help or hindrance to his creative task."