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||Ernest Samuel Llime
Freud assures us, and a lot of the shrinks that came after him concur, that our
subconscious mind is dark, twisted and mostly fit to be tied. A lot of our
problems arise from the struggle between these two components of our psyche. I
personally believe that there are a lot more than two levels that make up our
mental conglomerate, but, for the purpose of this little ditty, these two will
So, here is how I attempted to deal with this particular conundrum:
Just like the rest of you out there, I really have no idea what might be hiding
underneath my lovely surface; Therefore, I assume the worst. I try not to lie to
myself and pretend that these dirty, despicable thoughts do not exist. So, out
of the hidden dungeons of my mind, I take out imaginary things and I paint them
with the blackest brush I can conjure.
I examine them, and I apply the light of reason to their analysis. After that, I
place them back where I found them in the secure knowledge that if and when they
come to stalk me, I will know how to deal with them.
I will try to give a small example:
Let us examine incest; Freud's theories, are totally based on and around our
sexual drives and this is the area where he claims that a lot of our problems
are rooted. Therefore, I it is logical to assume that I have incestuous
thoughts. Incest in general seems to be tied to the fashion of morals (Hey, I
like that term!) During biblical times, it was customary for men to marry one or
more of their sisters (check out Abraham again and try to read behind the
lines.) There are other incidents like Joseph in Egypt that make us understand
that particular social practice. It also well known that the pharaohs married
their sisters and so on. Modern man, has a better knowledge of genetics and
therefore he/she understands that this kind of relationship could result in
totally unviable offspring, and uses that as the main argument against incest.
Modern man should however also remember the advances made in contraception and
the termination of unwanted and/or defective pregnancies. That argument holds no
water. It is also funny that Christianity forbids marriage between first cousins
while Judaism allows it. It seems that the state doesn't get involved in this
kind of case but it would if the liaison was between a brother and sister.
In light of the above argument, it would seem that logically, there is no
physical reason why any kind of incestuous sex should not be allowed; HOWEVER,
the social and psychological aspects of such events will be extremely heavy.
When you grow up in the same house with someone, you develop a certain loving
(hopefully,) rapport that doesn't have anything to do with sex and at the time
that you become interested in that particular happening, you already have all
those ties that you will place in jeopardy if you act out your impulses. This
becomes even more pronounced when we are contemplating sex between parents and
children. According to Freud again, this is a very common desire in humans.
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