Friday, September 10, 2004

The failure of symbolic thought

Freud, Marcuse and others saw that civilization demands the sublimation or repression of the pleasures of the proximity senses so that the individual can be thus converted to an instrument of labor. Social control, via the network of the symbolic, very deliberately disempowers the body. An alienated counter-world, driven on to greater estrangement by ever-greater division of labor, humbles one's own somatic sensations and fundamentally distracts from the basic rhythms of one's life.


Running on Emptiness: The Failure of Symbolic Thought


Blogger Robert said...

what a classic! highly recommended

September 11, 2004 at 12:56 PM  

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