Birth of the World
Even though there are many other systems of understanding our minds, and many other ways to understand our personalities and the way we relate with each other and our society, the Freudian system, although frought with inadequacies, is worthy of comprehension.
According to Freud, there are three levels of consciousness:
There is the Conscious part of the mind that holds what you’re aware of. You can verbalize about your conscious experience and you can think about it in a logical fashion.
There is the Preconscious, which is ordinary memory. So although things stored here aren’t in the conscious, they can be readily brought into consciousness.
And then there is the all important Unconscious. Freud felt that this part of the mind was not directly accessible to awareness. In part, he saw it as a dump box for urges, feelings and ideas that are tied to anxiety, conflict and pain. These feelings and thoughts have not disappeared and according to Freud, they are there, exerting influence on our actions and our conscious awareness.
Material in the conscious and the preconscious can slip into the unconscious. That is why, at least in this system, we all need a therapist.
Freud came to see personality as having three aspects which work together to produce all of our complex behaviours: the Id, the Ego and the Superego. All 3 components need to be well-balanced in order to have a good amount of psychological energy available and to have reasonable mental health.
THE ID functions in the irrational and emotional part of the mind. In transactional analysis, Id equates to "Child".
THE EGO functions with the rational part of the mind. The Ego develops out of growing awareness that you can’t always get what you want. The Ego relates to the real world and operates via the “reality principle”. In transactional analysis, Ego equates to "Adult".
THE SUPEREGO is the last part of the mind to develop. It might be called the moral part of the mind. The Superego becomes an embodiment of parental and societal values.
It stores and enforces rules.
It is the superego that tells us that we are part of a nationstate,
instead of a space ship that is traveling through space and time.
It is the superego that tells us we must support a democracy
that is now, at its best, a plutocracy, and perhaps much worse.
It is the superego that tells us that energy comes from fuel,
and that we must find it, and procure it, and defend it.
It is the superego that tells us that we must defend ourselves,
by killing others, and that to die defending your tribe is noble.
It is the superego that tells us that contrived competition between
corporate multinational leviathons
which oddly enough, know very little about true free enterprise,
is superior to the cooperation that we can foster between ourselves,
with a new generation of local and multinational cooperations.
It is the superego that tells us that God is on our side.
In order to truly bring about the Birth of the World,
Our superego is going to need a superectomy.
And a new superego will need to go into its place.
This planetary ego will not support the kind of cruel foolishness
that is passed off as decent, civilized behavior by our institutions today.
No respectable person would abide the violence of "shock and awe",
any more than we honored the Blitzkrieg of Hitler.
The death of a child in Baghdad,
will be as tragic as the death of a child in Boise.
The loss of habitat in the Maldives,
will be as significant as the loss of habitat in New Orleans.
The hope of a young seamstress in Shanghai,
will be as relevant to our human success
as the hope of a young engineer in Caracas.
The love between a mother and child in Tehran,
will be as sacred as the love of the mother and child in DC.
There are some who have called the loss of America's great city
on America's great river,
a Teaching Moment.
Let us make it so.
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*Miro The Birth of the World