The tarot card “The Tower” suggests outright catastrophe and tragedy.

Its true meaning is the collapse of a misconception that we believed and protected for too long. A flawed and unstable investment that falls under its own weight. The suddenly revealed falseness of a deep belief that has held us prisoner. Tower moments are the terrifying thing we need to grow. People have devoted their entire lives to forestalling dreaded tower moments. If they succeed, that is the real tragedy. That is the veneration of the old dead skin rather than shedding it.

These quotes all shine a little light on the tower from different angles.

“A setback has often cleared the way for greater prosperity. Many things have fallen only to rise to more exalted heights.” – Seneca

“Disappointment is considered bad. A thoughtless prejudice. How, if not through disappointment, should we discover what we have expected and hoped for? And where, if not in this discovery, should self-knowledge lie? So how could one gain clarity about oneself without disappointment?” – Mercier

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without also protecting yourself from happiness”. – Jonathan Safran Foer

“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” – Lao Tzu

Simone Weil: “Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life.”

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” —Epictetus

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” –Joseph Campbell

“It’s better to conquer grief than to deceive it.” – Seneca