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5-4-2020

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Freedom, a ubiquitous word in Western Civilization, can be interpreted as the entitlement of a citizen to speak, act, or think without repression from certain authorities. It is true that as a citizen of a democratic country, a citizen is free to participate in political deliberations that pertain their right to debate and vote. This definition, however, applies to citizens of a state, not the individuals who are a part of the broader civilization. As soon as a citizen transforms into an individual residing in society, they are still haunted by the fetters that strip their freedom away from them. Individuals live in a pact called civilization where they cannot express their fundamental drives such as love and aggression freely. According to Sigmund Freud's models of the psyche, the superego (the authority of the psyche) is always in friction with a person's ego resulting in the concealment of certain drives that limits the freedom within that individual. They are controlled by a sense of guilt, punishment, and remorse imposed by their superego that advocates moral conscience and impedes the person's will to freedom. Additionally, people seek refuge in an intangible force called religion in order to seek hope, happiness, and freedom. Instead of ameliorating the crisis of freedom within their lives, this refuge that gives people an 'oceanic feeling' exacerbates the situation by emphasizing sublimation and renunciation of their desires. In this paper, I will discuss things that prevent us from freedom and their consequences in an individual.

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May 4th, 12:00 AM

What prevents us from achieving freedom?: A Freudian and Nietzschean View of Freedom

Freedom, a ubiquitous word in Western Civilization, can be interpreted as the entitlement of a citizen to speak, act, or think without repression from certain authorities. It is true that as a citizen of a democratic country, a citizen is free to participate in political deliberations that pertain their right to debate and vote. This definition, however, applies to citizens of a state, not the individuals who are a part of the broader civilization. As soon as a citizen transforms into an individual residing in society, they are still haunted by the fetters that strip their freedom away from them. Individuals live in a pact called civilization where they cannot express their fundamental drives such as love and aggression freely. According to Sigmund Freud's models of the psyche, the superego (the authority of the psyche) is always in friction with a person's ego resulting in the concealment of certain drives that limits the freedom within that individual. They are controlled by a sense of guilt, punishment, and remorse imposed by their superego that advocates moral conscience and impedes the person's will to freedom. Additionally, people seek refuge in an intangible force called religion in order to seek hope, happiness, and freedom. Instead of ameliorating the crisis of freedom within their lives, this refuge that gives people an 'oceanic feeling' exacerbates the situation by emphasizing sublimation and renunciation of their desires. In this paper, I will discuss things that prevent us from freedom and their consequences in an individual.