Dixi et salvavi animam meam

(I spoke and thus saved my soul)

Wolgang Pauli in a letter to a fellow physicist, on pressure to comply with the atheistic positivism of his god-father Max Born:

“Many physicists and historians have of course advised me to break the connection between my Kepler essay and C.G. Jung… I am indifferent to the astral cult of Jung’s circle, but that, i.e., this dream symbolism, makes an impact! The book itself is a fateful “synchronicity” and must remain one. I am sure that defiance would have unhappy consquences as far as I am concerned. Dixi et salvavi animam meam!”


Wolgang Pauli, Nobel prize for discovery of the exclusion principle, discoverer of the neutrino and father of supersymmetry.

John Bell, the Iona Community and Synchronicity

John Bell of the Iona Community in his thought for the day this morning on BBC Radio 4 referred to the mythical tree of knowledge as “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. It is my contention, and I think supported by quantum mechanics, that we are observers weaving existence from the stuff of potential. (Schroedinger’s cat..). The thought in the blog “evil, a problem of boundary” was only 6 hours old. It was attempting to address the theological issue of the “problem of evil”. The thought is simple. In this world we are born into boundary. Nothing can be experienced except in relation to it’s opposite or converse – thus experience is dependent on boundaries. It is we – who create both evil and good through our observations. (Niels Bohr..). Both evil and good are products of human kind and not of a creator. As a pointer toward the underlying love in the universe – Teilhard de Chardin’s underlying driver of evolution – could we get better than the example of Nelson Mandela. He integrated good and evil and spun them into something larger…

And then John Bell was on air – and put it charmingly, simply. As ever.