Revolt of the Id?

According to Sigmund Freud,  we all have three aspects of our personalities, the Ego, the Id and the Superego. The Id is our ugly, primitive side.

And I can see the Id on full display in American society today.

It’s as if people feel licensed to show their ugly side.

The rise of Trump is making the deplorables bolder. .After all, when the president of the United States can brag about sexually assaulting women, surely you and I don’t have to worry about saying or doing anything, however crass it might be.

But I fear there’s more to it than that. A societal tsunami seems to be developing.

You can see this sad phenomenon in the shameless way white-power groups and other clandestine organizations are flaunting their ugliness.

You can see it in the defiance of decency and utter disregard for the law that prevails throughout the Trump administration.

It’s evident everywhere – from Trump’s swaggering, bullying foreign-relations style to the sad display of pandering that Vice President Pence (who claims to converse with Jesus) put on with Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio recently.

It is even more clearly evident in the pending appointment of an unrepentant torturer to head the CIA.

And it echoes in the shockingly insensitive remarks that Trump’s minions are making about John McCain as he faces death.

So, tell me, why is this raw and primitive behavior becoming so acceptable?

How is it that 40 percent of Americans approve of what’s going on?

How is it that Evangelical Christians remain devoted to Trump and Pence?

Could this be a nationwide – even global –  revolt of the Id after centuries of suppression by civilization?

Or is it – as some Biblical scholars might suggest – the work of the Devil, who realizes his time is short?

Whatever you believe, you must surely be gravely concerned. For I fear civilization as we know it might be teetering on the brink of a catastrophic collapse.

Tell me it isn’t so. Tell me I am mistaken. Tell me this, too, shall pass.

“He’s dying anyway.”

In defense of torture

Pence the “Christian” toady

Freud’s theory

9 thoughts on “Revolt of the Id?

  1. Although our gentle blogger frames his thesis along lines that seem convenient to the Left, such as “Trump’s minions”, he may have something.

    One of the aspects that contributed to Trump’s election victory was not only the sense of cultural siege experienced by Conservatives and people that want things to stay “normal”, but also people that chafed under the oppression of political correctness. Under that yoke, there was a sense that peoples’ true thoughts were suppressed. But non only thoughts, but feelings — hence the Id.

    At times, I’ve joked that we’re so civilized, we’re not even human any more.

    If people can blow of steam, and not be returned to cultural oppression, some of this will pass as equilibrium returns.

  2. Scientists are building humanoids now that look and speak like humans. Maybe they’ll be the ones to set us humans back on the honest and moral road of life, depending on their programming of course. The revolt against being politically correct seems to be swinging to being crass and filthy minded, with Trump as the example. Jesus warned us not to be too quick to judge for as we judge so also will we be judged but it is also said “For evil to triumph, let good men stand by and do or say nothing”. Billy G.

  3. I shudder and quake with fear. I weep. I never thought the time would ever come when I would feel relief that my time on earth is limited. But I do hate living in a world in which so many seem eager to embrace fascism, racism and hatred….

  4. “Scientists are building humanoids now that look and speak like humans. Maybe they’ll be the ones to set us humans back on the honest and moral road of life”

    It seems more likely that they will be the Beast system. As of today, the small size of humanoid robots often belie the relatively massive computer power available to them. For example, there’s a Barbie doll that seems benign judging from its small size; however, it’s wirelessly connected via internet to massive networks of gigantic mainframe computers. The bulk of their artificial intelligence isn’t in their little humanoid heads, but in huge buildings full of the most powerful computing machines.

    I’m old enough to have watched television in the the 1960s, and have caught a program called something like “Toward 2000”, which purported so show the wonders of the coming futuristic utopia. That program featured depictions of humanoid robots serving lemonade to people reclined on their outdoor furniture, enjoying the leisure that future utopias afford (supposedly). Here’s one thing though: human servants can have something called “discretion”; whereas such automatons will have cameras for eyes, microphones for ears and (perhaps) artificial discretion as defined by the corporations that own all that massive comuting infrastructure, and as communicated through the inscrutible, convoluted “agreements” that hapless human users will have to click ok to. Will more advanced automatons become autonomous of being networked? Don’t count on it. Even today, as personal computing appliances grow in capacity, there is nevertheless massive encouragement to move everything to the cloud. Is there any wonder why ?

    But I digress.

    The idea of automata as “the ones to set us humans back on the honest and moral road of life” isn’t that original. I’m reminded to two stories. One is a Aesop fable about the frogs demanding a king. At first Zeus threw a log into the pond. When the frogs eventually discovered the the log wasn’t quite the potent king they hoped for, they demanded a *real* king, whereupon Zeus sent a stork which eat up many of the little frogs. The other story is the classic, from the Old Testement, about the Golden Calf. When Moses went absent, seeking God’s commandments, the people made a golden calf.

    I’ve actually been reading about the “AI god”. Such an AI god will be another gold calf, or perhaps a silicon one.

    This desire, for an AI god, derives from an old ambition to achieve utopia through a perfectly rational society. For example, the Soviet Union attempted to set the prices of every item their economy rationally, through a government bureau. That was vastly outperformed by the (non) system used in the West, which was to let prices run wild, determined by market forces. Then there’s an interview with one of the apparatchuks in charge, gushing over the hope that computerization would finally allow their rational system to work. Of course, it didn’t and the Soviet Union is history.

    Such technocratic mentality would surely be tempted by the idea that a large enough computer, with a potent enough (gasp!) AI, would be finally wiser than any human intelligence, and could be trusted to run everthing, resulting finally in technocratic utopia.

    As for myself, I’m not at all fearful of artificial intelligence per se. I’m really much more fearful of how genuine stupidity will try to make use of AI.

  5. I also hope this will pass George! Perhaps the millennials will grow up, come to their senses, and save this country. I’m so glad I’m old!!!

  6. Logic Fish, I know humanoids are being built…as we speak, but I was being facetious about utilizing them for our benefit. Maybe Trump will blow up all those building filled with computers with atomic bombs before the computers take over, The bleak picture you paint have us all blown to pieces or taken over by Humanoids. I’ll be dead by then anyway. LOL, Billy G.

  7. “I’ll be dead by then anyway.”

    Maybe you hope so.

    “And in those days, men will seek death, and will not find it; and they will long to die, and death shall flee from them. ”

    I leave prophecy to others. The difference between utopia and distopia has always been razor thin; and technology hones it razor still. The most ordinary people can do is keep their wits and fight like hell.

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