Civilization and Its Discontents Kindle Edition
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Freud raises some questions (per usual) but also adds some observations that I would not have thought about alone.
Freud published Civilization in 1930, when the dark clouds of WWII could be seen on the horizon. The main theme of the book is the hostile clash between the restrictions of civilization (i.e., "Thou Shalt not kill") and the demands of the instincts (to kill, to fornicate, to destroy). Civilization offers us protection, beauty, and order, but the aggressive instincts and the pleasure principle demand their own. This idea sheds so much light on the state of the world now, where states fail, ISIS beheads its victims, and millions of immigrants seek shelter from brutality in a Europe which cannot or will not contain them. And all this is happening after the atrocities of Hitler, from whom Freud escaped to London. As we are all shocked and shaken by the violence against the LGBT community in Orlando, Freud's warning words about the fragility and the preciousness of civilization come back to haunt us and remind us of the efforts we must invest in preserving this civilization of ours--so many years in the making--or go to hell.