Over on Facebook, Chanti Niven wrote: “Sigmund Freud said, “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer. Don’t just say yes or no.”
Skipping over a number of replies that indicated the person commenting believed people shirk responsibility because of laziness rather than fear, I replied:
Ian Thorpe We only have to recall Fraud’s ideas on men’s attitudes to their mothers to understand he was a con man who understood nothing of human nature. Many people shirk responsibility through laziness, others because they are insecure. Fear might have a little to do with it but most people will step up when they have to.
(You can tell I’m not a fan of Freud, can’t you?)
Rocco Pietrocarlo came back at me: Freud was a genius….although Jung went so far beyond him we sometimes forget the greatness of the men that come before. Be that as it may, the world is fallen…..filled with shadows and the dead-ness of souls. That is why The Zombie stories are so popular…they speak of our age….We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men…..we are an age that has allowed massive genocide to occur on several occasions, and we have wealth to feed and clothe all people in the world…yet let them starve and die. And we are all responsible for this…just like the Germans living near the concentration camps that could smell the bodies and yet did nothing! Freedom….we want to be without pain and responsibility….we want our cars and bars and chicks with dicks and drugs and all that kills the thrills of being responsible for the well being of all creatures great and small…..Most people do not step up….they run and hide from the truth….our world rewards sin and power and sadism over honor, dignity and self-sacrifice.
To which I could only say, “I don’t do guilt.” Others are welcome to wallow in self loathing if they wish, leave me out of it.
I have to say here, Rocco’s pompous reply seems to relate more to the failed Pharisee Saul of Tarsus than to Sigmund Freud, a pussy whipped Viennese sissy whose big idea was based on transferring his own creepy desires towards his mother onto all human males. Based on my own observations and conversations, 99.99999999% of us love our Dear Old Mums without even entertaining carnal desires towards them, nor they towards us.
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