August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
>Consciousness is the trap of the modern person. The Enlightenment brightens a fixed space. In the departure of God, western human anxiety looks for historical explanations based on cause and effect reasoning.
Jonathan Edwards described being as complete renewal at every moment – God as a kind of power plant with creative intentions – the answer is to think the impossible: nothingness. We must become aware of the dreams of rocks (Cameron).
Leaving consciousness becomes a deep longing. It takes different forms. It could merely be a look for increased consciousness, a heightened state, apperception itself.
The great narratives of the nineteenth century try to locate humanity in time. From where did we come? Competition and class struggle. Freud describes a more localized hermeneutics; the patient becomes author and other.
My knowledge of the procedure (dream interpretation was reached in the following manner. I have been engaged for many years (with a therapeutic aim in view) in unravelling [sic] certain psycho-pathological structures – hysterical phobias, obsessional ideas, and so on. I have been doing so, in fact, ever since I learnt from an important communication by Joseph Breuer that as regards these structures (which are looked on as pathological symptoms) unravelling them coincides with removing them (Breuer and Freud, 1895.) If a pathological idea of this sort can be traced back to the element’s in the patient’s life from which it originated. It simultaneously crumbles away and the patient is freed from it. (Interpretation of Dreams 125)
It would be an oversimplification to leave Freud only interested in the individual without considering cultural factors, but we see here in the most basic of methods, the attempt to read the patient like a book. Memory unlocks the clarifying light of reason. And so the personal history of the patient is a more specific book than the history of Biology or the Anthropologist’s human record or even the Book of Nature. Interestingly, as the problem “crumbles away,” scientific innovation erases its own history.
Maybe more sometime.