Freud/God smackdown

From Civilization and its Discontents:

Religion interferes with […] selection and adaptation by forcing on everyone indiscriminately its own path to the attainment of happiness and protection from suffering.  Its technique consists in reducing the value of life and distorting the picture of the real world by means of delusion; and this presupposes the intimidation of the intelligence.  At this price, by forcibly fixing human beings in a state of psychical infantilism and drawing them into a mass delusion, religion succeeds in saving many of them from individual neurosis.  But it hardly does any more; there are, as we have said, many paths that can lead to such happiness as is within the reach of human beings, but none that is certain to do so.  Not even religion can keep its promise.  If the believer is finally obliged to speak of God’s ‘inscrutable decrees’, he is admitting that all he has left to him, as the ultimate consolation and source of pleasure in the midst of suffering, is unconditional submission.  And if he is ready to accept this he could probably have spared himself the detour.

Where were you in Sunday school, Prof. Freud? Although I’m not sure I could have gotten my head around the kind of submission you’re hinting at.

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~ by FinFlaneur on March 3, 2009.

One Response to “Freud/God smackdown”

  1. The oedipal omnipotence projection on a “god father” and his participative power retroflexion (The more humble, the more allowed to finger point with potency boosted righteousness at “non believers”)is easy to see to each able to “step outside the boat”.

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