Everything on the Topic of Suffering

2007 February 26

Arthur Miller on Suffering and Psychoanalysis

Filed under: Uncategorized — robertdaoust @ 11:30 pm

From http://www.timemachinego.com/linkmachinego/2007/02/26/arthur-miller-quote-on-suffering-and-psychoanalysis/:

Arthur Miller Quote on Suffering and Psychoanalysis: ‘My argument with so much of psychoanalysis, is the preconception that suffering is a mistake, or a sign of weakness, or a sign even of illness. When in fact, possibly the greatest truths we know, have come out of people’s suffering. The problem is not to undo suffering, or to wipe it off the face of the earth, but to make it inform our lives, instead of trying to “cure” ourselves of it constantly, and avoid it, and avoid anything but that lobotomized sense of what they call “happiness”. There’s too much of an attempt, it seems to me, to think in terms of controlling man, rather than freeing him – of defining him, rather than letting him go! It’s part of the whole ideology of this age, which is power-mad!’ (Spotted on Adam Curtis’ documentary Century of the Self)

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