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Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
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Oct 06, 11

Read from October 01 to 06, 2011

Freud was certainly an interesting dude and very ahead of his time in many ways. Basically, he is arguing that society/civilization inhibits our psychological and physical freedoms by imposing all sorts of "guilt complexes" upon us (especially for sexual behavior). The Church is central to this "guilt complex" (but certainly not alone) and we pay a huge psychological burden as a result. The "trade-off" of living in large, organized society is that we have to give up some of our freedoms and that is unfortunate, b/c it is not psychologically beneficial to ourselves.

The result is that, basically, we are a bunch of screw-ups because of this.

The book was interesting, and I really think Freud should be required reading for lots of different subject areas. Though he "obsesses" about sex a bit too much and it's overall role in our mental-health, much of his work becomes increasingly important/relevant/interesting in the modern age. Especially in this age of uber-sexuality, it is interesting to see where Freud fits in. We have all the porn, sex and sexuality we could ever want, but yet much of the "repression" he speaks of still exists.

It would be interesting to see what Freud thought of our modern needs, desires and expressionism, that's for sure.

I'm glad to book was only about 100pp. b/c it keeps one from going crazy by diving too deeply into the human psyche and the Freudian World, so to speak.
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