A Critical Analysis Of Freud's Theory Of Civilization

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I agree with the Freud concept of civilization that builds-up critical information of acquiring wealth and useful resources from nature. Throughout chapter 1, Freud criticizes how civilization influences the rules that control the actions of people. The actions may include harming others, but distribute wealth among them. At a point, Freud described that the knowledge to gain satisfaction and the rules of gaining wealth depend on each other. Importantly, the way people relate to each other is determined by how satisfied they are instinctual. Notably, everyone has his or her values influenced or determined by their needs. Apparently, science and our ability to regulate civilization through technology through our cultural forms don’t seem to advance. Everyone is an enemy of civilization, and therefore ruler should exert control and guide them on ways to survive to ensure a long-term development since the society with well-mannered or co-operative people no longer exists. The second chapter talks more about the coercion of civilization to the majority by a minority (Freud, 8-9). Freud points out that the majority feels frustrated as they are not satisfied and in turn, they develop prohibition that regulates the feeling of frustration and privation. In most cases, these conditions brought up by the internal self-coercion. For instance, people with an upper- class lifestyle limits to the lower-class from various activities due to privation. This way, the lower-class individuals
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