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Freud et al. – You don’t have to be crazy to work here but…

April 8, 2015

Sigmund Freud: “[I]n some way each of us behaves rather like a paranoiac employing wishful thinking to correct some unendurable aspect of the world and introducing this delusion into reality. Of special importance is the case in which substantial numbers of people, acting in concert, try to assure themselves of happiness and protection against suffering through a delusional reshaping of reality.”

(from Civilization and Its Discontents [1930])

Ernest Becker: “The real world is simply too terrible to admit; it tells man that he is a small, trembling animal who will decay and die. Illusion changes all this, makes man seem important, vital to the universe, immortal in some way.”

(from The Denial of Death [1973]

Pascal: “Man is so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.”

Voltaire: “What is madness? To have erroneous perceptions and to reason correctly from them.”

Jean Baudrillard: “Everywhere one seeks to produce meaning, to make the world signify, to render it visible. We are not, however, in danger of lacking meaning; quite the contrary, we are gorged with meaning and it is killing us.”


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