Quote of the Day – Sigmund Freud

29 08 2007

Religion restricts this play of choice and adaptation, since it imposes equally on everyone its own path to the acquisition of happiness and protection from suffering.  Its technique consists in depressing the value of life and distorting the picture of the real world in a delusional manner — which presupposes an intimidation of the intelligence.  At this price, by forcibly fixing them in a state of psychical infantilism and by drawing them into a mass-delusion, religion succeeds in sparing many people an individual neurosis.  But hardly anything more.  There are, as we have said, many paths which may lead to such happiness as is attainable by men, but there is none which does so for certain.  Even religion cannot keep its promise.  If the believer finally sees himself obliged to speak of God’s ‘inscrutable decrees’, he is admitting that all that is left to him as a last possible consolation and source of pleasure in his suffering is an unconditional submission.  And if he is prepared for that, he could probably have spared himself the détour he has made.

Sigmund Freud

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