By Neville Symington
An extraordinary and strange attention of the non secular dimensions of sanity from a psychoanalytic point of view, this transcription of a chain of 7 lectures added on the Tavistock hospital trap the spontaneity and immediacy of the interaction among one of many world's most outstanding psychoanalysts and an viewers of his friends.
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The thing that he didn’t do was to state that this overthrows a whole lot of the FREEDOM AND SURVIVAL 39 other theoretical positions that are current within psychoanalysis. The difference really in the way of thinking that has come about throughout psychoanalysis and through psychotherapies that are based on it is that the way one makes contact with the ultimate is through a directness of contact with another person. That is what is new, and that’s what I would call a new spirituality—and a spirituality that’s appropriate for our present era.
Now, this is the question: what essentially is greed? The word mustn’t be used, but I think it is quite simple. As an aside, one of the unfortunate things is when we use words like greed—especially a word like greed—we tend to think of its primary meaning as existing in, say, someone who is greedy with food or money, but the primary meaning of greed lies in an emotional process of which greed for money or food are outer symbols. The emotional process of greed is taking in everything with violence.
It’s not untrue, and it’s a perfectly valid answer, but it’s not actually relevant because the relevant answer is that this group is here in order to enter into a communicative dialogue on certain subjects. This is a little bit simplistic, because I think the thing is a bit more complicated in terms of history and development of civilizations. There’s always a pendulum movement be- FREEDOM AND SURVIVAL 35 tween survival and culture. It’s always appeared to me one of the strange dilemmas that you usually get some shocking monster warrior who goes and conquers a whole lot of territory, and once he has conquered it and put big walls around it, then a civilization can build up in relative peace.
The spirit of sanity by Neville Symington