Uneasy Civilization

My blogger-friend Hugh is a philosopher, a deep thinker. Whereas I look at the political turmoil and upheaval of current times, both in the U.S. and on the other side of the globe, and wonder why some people are so determined to destroy our society, Hugh finds the answers to those questions in the works of the old philosophers. His post today is an excellent analysis of why people are so willing to follow and support leaders like Trump, LePen and Wilders in spite of, or perhaps because of, the chaos they create. Please take a few minutes to read Hugh’s post and think about what he says. Thank you Hugh for the implied permission to share this post!

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In 1929 Sigmund Freud wrote his famous and truly remarkable book Civilization and Its Discontents. The latter term, in German, is “Unbehagen,” which means, literally, “uneasiness.” In any event, Freud pointed out that civilization is bought at a price. He never suggested that the price was not worth paying, but those who followed him and had a much less penetrating insight into the trials and tribulations of civilized people decided that the price was not worth paying. Freud worried about repression and sublimation (which actually resulted in creative activity) whereas his acolytes preached that mental health consists in the absence of restraint in order to foster increased pleasure and “realizing one’s potential.”

What followed in this country within a decade or two was a plethora of pop-psychologists telling Americans that repression was a bad thing and the values that had created what we call “civilized society” were a sham. Following Nietzsche, they…

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2 thoughts on “Uneasy Civilization

  1. Your friend is right about what ails the Trump Jill. I just hope that he and his acolytes can’t bring about the end of society as we know it within the next four year. He certainly won’t show any restraint in that time and will probably have all women chained to the kitchen sink within 6 months…,……..unless you have another friend who has a way to battle the pestilence known as The Trump ?
    xxx Cwtch mawr xxx

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    • He cannot last 4 years … simply cannot! He and his minions are digging their hole deeper by the day, and sooner or later, surely they must fall into that hole! I cannot last through 4 years of what we’ve lived through the last 3 weeks! Hugs, my friend … many hugs!

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