Discussing Sigmund Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents (1930) on the human condition.
What’s the meaning of life? For Freud, an objective purpose rises or falls with religion, which he thinks a matter of clinging to illusion, so his question would be: what do we want out of life? To be happy, of course, yet Freud sees happiness as a matter of fulfillment of pent-up desires, meaning it’s by its nature temporary. Yet we can’t shake off its pursuit, and so we’re in a bind, and have a number of strategies for obtaining some satisfaction: some compensation for what we have to repress in order to live in a society that forces us to repress our innate desires.
Running Time: 2 hrs., 5 min. Recorded: September 5, 2010. Participants: Mark, Wes, Seth.
As a bonus, your purchase includes a high-bitrate mp3 of the song that concludes the episode, "The Easy Thing" from Mark's band New People, from their album, The Easy Thing (2009).