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Civilization and Its Discontents Paperback – September 15, 2010
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[Why wasn't THIS on anyone's high school, college or graduate school reading list?]
I thought Freud only wrote about sex and psyche. Here he takes on the "discontents" of civilization which has always been praised and beatified to us as the highest embodiment of Homo sapiens sapiens accomplishment. Freud does buy into that, but he is also pretty clear-eyed about the 'discontents' that befall human civilization.
And, yes, there is also sex and psyche within.
It is a very readable and accessible book. 144 pages. (I wonder why "THEY" didn't want us to read this?)]
"The bit of truth behind all this - one so eagerly denied - is that men are not gentle, friendly creatures wishing for love, who simply defend themselves if attacked, but that a powerful measure of desire for aggression has to be reckoned as part of their instinctual endowment. The result is that their neighbor is to them not only a possible helper or sexual object, but also a temptation to them to gratify their aggressiveness on him, to exploit his capacity for work without recompense, to use him sexually without his consent, to seize his possessions, to humiliate him, to cause him pain, to torture and kill him. Homo hominine lupus; who has the courage to dispute it in the face of all the evidence in his own life and in history?
"This aggressive cruelty usually lies in wait for some provocation, or else it steps into the service of some other purpose, the aim of which might as well have been achieved by milder measures...man as savage beast to whom the thought of spring THEIR OWN KIND is alien.Read more ›
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Difficult to read and research is outdated. A bit of a dry read as well. Not one of Freud's best work.Published 6 months ago by Andrew
Interesting read. I recommend this to people who are questioning their religion. It brings up some thought proving ideas.Published 7 months ago by SwagSorcerer
How could anyone ever take this seriously? Yes, a hard-minded view of religion, but encased in a history of society (and even the family) that is far more simplistic, and even... Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Agar
This is one of my favorite books of all times to read and rereadPublished 20 months ago by Detelina Stoykova