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« on: 27/11/2008 21:48:44 »
The Ambiguity of our Situation

Those who know say that Kierkegaard (circa 1840) was a psychoanalyst without fear of being laughed at because he knew that the scoffers are uninformed. Few sapiens have such courage born of self-confidence. The noted psychologist Mowrer said “Freud had to live and write before the earlier work of Kierkegaard could be correctly understood and appreciated.” Such, is genius.

Wo/man is a union of polar opposites; self-consciousness and physical body. It is thus “the true essence of man”. “Leading modern psychologists have themselves made it the corner stone of their understanding.”

The evolution into self-consciousness from self-satisfying ignorance inherent in animal nature had one great tragedy for wo/mankind, which is anxiety or dread. It is our very humanness which produces anxiety--dread of death. This anxiety results from the ambiguity of our situation and our inability to overcome such an ambiguity. This ubiquity of ambiguity drives us into the creation of a virtual world in which to live. Self-consciousness cannot be denied, we cannot disappear into a state of vegetation, we cannot flee dread; we can only create delusions--a virtual reality.

The task of the sciences of psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, and anthropology are to discover the strategies that humans use to avoid anxiety. How do we function automatically and uncritically in our virtual world and how do these strategies deprive us of true growth and freedom of action?

Today we talk about ‘repression’ and ‘denial’; Kierkegaard, the pioneer, called these same things “shut-upness”. He recognized the ‘half-obscurity’ in which wo/man lives her life, he recognized that man recognizes the truth of ceremony, how many times to bow when walking past the altar, he knows things in the same way that a pupil uses ABC of a mathematical expression but not when it is changed to DEF. “He is therefore in dread whenever he hears something not arranged in the same order.”

Shut-upness is what we today call repression. Kierkegaard recognized a “lofty shut-upness” and a “mistaken shut-upness”. It is important that a child be reared in a lofty shut-upness, i.e. reserve, because it represents an ego-controlled and self-confident perception of the world.

Mistaken shut-upness, however, results “in too much blockage, too much anxiety, too much effort to face up to experience by an organism that has been overburdened and weakened in its own controls…more automatic repression by an essentially closed personality”. Good is openness to new possibilities and evil is closed to such possibility.

Shut-upness is called, by Kierkegaard, “the lie of character”. “It is easy to see that shut-upness eo ipso signifies a lie, or, if you prefer, untruth. But untruth is precisely unfreedom…the elasticity of freedom is consumed in the service of close reserve…Close reserve was the effect of the negating retrenchment of the ego in the individuality.”


This ‘lie of character’ is developed by the infant’s need to adjust to the world. This unfreedom becomes mistaken shut-upness when the character becomes too fearful of the world to open itself up to its possibilities. Such individuals become ‘inauthentic’; they are not their own person; they follow a life style that becomes automatic and uncritical, they become locked in tradition. This infant grows up becoming the ‘automatic cultural-man’.

“Devoid of imagination, as the Philistine always is, he lives in a certain trivial province of experience as to how things go, what is possible, what usually occurs…Philistinism tranquilizes itself in the trivial”.

Quotes from “The Denial of Death”; Pulitzer Prize winner for nonfiction by Ernest Becker.


 

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« Reply #1 on: 27/11/2008 22:08:58 »
Let the Child Work

He who checks a child with terror,
Stops its play and stills its song,
Not alone commits an error
But a great and moral wrong.

Give it play, and never fear it;
Active life is no defect,
Never, never break its spirit;
Curb it only to direct.

Would you stop the flowing river,
Thinking it would cease to flow?
Onward it must flow forever;
Better teach it where to go.

From a 19th century teaching manual.
The idea has been around for a while......enough said.....I'll shut up!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 27/11/2008 23:01:05 »
Shhhhhhhhhh
 

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« Reply #3 on: 27/11/2008 23:11:49 »
Who was that guy that used to sing Shut-up-er-yer-face?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 27/11/2008 23:17:43 »
Joe Dolce


'Allo, I'm-a Giuseppe, I got-a something special-a for you, ready? Uno, duo, tre, quatro When I was a boy, just about the eighth-a grade, Mama used to say don't stay out-a late with the bad-a boys, always shoot-a pool, Giuseppe going to flunk-a school. Boy, it make-a me sick, all the t'ing I gotta do I can't-a get-a no kicks, always got to follow rules. Boy, it make-a me sick, just to make-a lousy bucks. Got to feel-a like a fool and-a mama used to say all-a time. What's-a matter you? Hey! Gotta no respect. What-a you t'ink you do? Why you look-a so sad? It's-a not so bad, it's-a nice-a place. Ah, shaddap-a you face! That's-a my mama, I can remember. Big accordion solo. Ah! Play dat again, Really nice, really nice! Soon-a come-a day, gonna be a big-a star. Den I make-a TV shows and-a movies. Get-a myself a new car, but still I be myself I don't want-a to change a t'ing, still a-dance and a-sing. I t'ink about-a mama, she used to say: What's-a matter you? Hey! Gotta no respect. What-a you t'ink you do? Why you look-a so sad? It's-a not so bad, it's-a nice-a place. Ah, shaddap-a you face Mama, she said it all-a da time. What's-a matter you? Hey! Gotta no respect. What-a you t'ink you do? Why you look-a so sad? It's-a not so bad, it's-a nice-a place. Ah, shaddap-a you face That's-a my mama! Hello, everybody! 'At's out-a dere in-a radio and-a TV land. Did you know I had a big-a hit-a song in-a Italy with-a disc Shaddap-a you face? I sing-a dis-a song, all-a my fans applaud. Dey clap-a da hands, dat-a make me feel-a so good You ought to learn-a dis-a song, it's-a real-a simple. See, I sing: "what's-a matter you?" You sing: "Hey!" Den I sing-a da rest and den at de end, we can all-a sing: "Ah, Shaddap-a you face!" O.k., let's-a try it, really big! Uno, duo, tre, quatro What's-a matter you? Hey! Gotta no respect. Hey! What-a you t'ink you do? Hey! Why you look-a so sad? Hey! It's-a not so bad. Hey! It's-a nice-a place. Ah, shaddap-a you face! OK one more-a time for mama! What's-a matter you? Hey! Gotta no respect. Hey! What-a you t'ink you do? Hey! Why you look-a so sad? Hey! It's-a not so bad. Hey! It's-a nice-a place. Ah, shaddap-a you face!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 27/11/2008 23:40:53 »
Shut-upness seems to work for him.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 27/11/2008 23:44:57 »
What is shut-upness?

Is it a made up word with a silly hyphen in it?
 

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« Reply #7 on: 28/11/2008 08:04:59 »
Joe Dolce - the man who kept "Vienna" from the number one spot. May he never be forgiven.
 

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