Sunday, May 15, 2011

Freud theologised

This will have been said a thousand times before but it's a new thought to me.

A. Take some summary statements to represent "Freud":

1. Childhood is the trauma from which we spend our lives recovering

2. Things go wrong as the male

a) desires to possess his Mother wrongly
b) resents and seeks to kill his Father for the Father's possession of the Mother
c) is punished (and thoroughly messed up) by the loss of power
d) seeks pretty much any possible way of avoiding the resultant pain without facing up to its cause.


B. Now go back to The Beginning:

1. the Childhood of the Race (the Fall of Adam) is the trauma (embodied in and recapitulated by all of us) from which the rest of history is spent recovering

2. God the Creator is Father. The created order is the Mother (that from which Man receives life as animated by the Father).

3. Things go wrong as the Man

a) desires to possess his Mother wrongly - Adam wanted to possess "the world"

b) resents and seeks to kill his Father for the Father's possession of the Mother - Adam resented God laying down the law and seeking to prevent him possessing "the world" (in its entirety)

c) is punished (and thoroughly messed up) by the loss of power

d) seeks pretty much any possible way of avoiding the resultant pain without facing up to its cause.


C. If the deep structure is there, then we would be utterly unsurprised if that deep structure were not then to find adumbrations / recapitulations / instantiations in individual lives - in the areas of possession (money), relations between men and women (sex), and the pursuit of control (power).


D. The recovery of the human race will only be possible if the Man simultaneously goes back to the beginning and "works through" the Fall - achieving the maturity of second innocence rather than seeking refuge in the escapism of denial / infantilism.


E. This happens in Christ and then in those who are themselves united to him.


Or something.