Summary of Freud: Civilization and Its Discontents Pgs. 10-63

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In the book Civilizations and Its Discontents, philosopher Sigmund Freud wastes no time in accessing culture’s feelings of necessities. Most importantly, he confronts head on the problem of ‘oceanic’ thoughts and child-like need for ‘a father’s protection’ as possible origins for mankind’s religious addiction (pg 20). Beginning a discussion on religious’ place in the lives of certain people, the subject of less-than-favorable events in life comes to light. It is from there that measures known as ‘powerful deflections’, ‘substitutive satisfactions’ and ‘intoxicating substances’ are introduced in their relation to religion as Freud sees it (pgs 23-24). Then and there the problem for Freud becomes where and how civilization grew and began so upon his arrival at the subject of happiness, why it is hard for men to be happy, he touches on life’s pain for men and women to inject how it relates to culture and civilization. But it is this part of civilization, the human that creates for himself purposes, purposes even of animals or things unable to express desires and thoughts; God is posited then as a result of men’s inadequacy in completeness (pg 44). And ending this reading on points of ‘sexual erotism’ and ‘love’, Freud constructs doctrinal attacks on the creation of focal points in one’s live noting the danger in becoming disappointed or let down by religion or ethical and moral constructs (pg 56). He eventually continues on love’s selectiveness in the light that not all should receive it and underscores those suitable for getting.
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