First off let me say I'm no expert. I don't have a degree or anything. I haven't read any of Freud's work. Second, I respect his contribution in the area of psychology/psychiatry. Third, I know something of his approach because of many conversations I've had over the years with psychologists/psychiatrists who DO know about Freud. Fourth, I've read stuff by Carl Jung (with whom I do find a connection.)
There's always been something about Freud that kind of disturbed me. Something that didn't feel quite right. Now I don't know if it's the man himself and/or his take on the human mind, the why/how we behave the way we do, but he always just sort of gave me the shivers.
Then, not too long ago, I came across this quote and I understood why.
The principal task of civilization, its actual raison d'etre, (reason for existence) is to defend us against nature.
Now I also have to take into account the era, the time in which he lived. But still....
No WONDER I sometimes find myself at odds with civilization. I have always felt much more comfortable recognizing that I am a part of nature, not separate from it, not something that needs to be protected from it. By his reasoning am I to assume wars are defending us against nature? Am I to assume that our consumeristic, throw away civilization is defending us against nature? The atomic bomb is defending us against nature?
I say civilization has not defended us against nature but has, and is, slowly destroying nature and in the process civilization is destroying us.
If that quote truly reflects how Freud felt about nature, then I'd say he was a sick puppy.
What do you think the purpose of civilization is, how do you feel about nature and your place within it?