Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Freud in Israeli Culture - One Picture Says It All



Following up on a previous post about the profound influence of Freud’s psychological philosophy on Israeli Culture and Society, I present this great example, which my wife found a few weeks ago.
The picture (click on it to enlarge) is taken from “Akhbar Hair” - literally “The City Mouse”, a great guide for pleasure seekers in Jerusalem, similar to the indispensable Timeout magazine, now available online.
The City Mouse is part of a weekly local called “Kol Hair” (the whole city) published by the radical left daily Haaretz. I think it is the most dominant weekly of it’s kind, and also the best one for local news, in the Jerusalem area, and it’s supplementary guide to the city’s life is a must for anyone who wants to know what’s going on and where to go, as we did some time ago. Anyway, the advertisement above appeared on the last page. ( i tried to put the picture here but it seems blogger does not allow pictures in the middle of the post, which seems weird to me)

Anyone familiar with Jewish tradition will recognize the attempt at mimicking the format of the Ten Commandments. The translation, for the benefit of non-Hebrew speakers, goes like this -
The first five “commandments” on the right side are:

I am the Mouse your guide
Thou shalt have no other guides before me
Thou shalt make unto thee graven images, or any likenesses and thou shall seek a gallery
Honor thy father and thy mother with a hearty meal
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it’s after (party) in the (Tel-Aviv) port

The last five on the left side are:

Thou shalt not take the name of the D.J. in vain
Thou shalt not pee on the toilet in the restaurant
Thou shalt not linger for hours over one small espresso
Thou shalt not eat sushi with fork and knife
Thou shalt not mix weed with alcohol

The bold script on the bottom reads:

The City Mouse, The Bible of having fun

I do not think that I could have invented a better example for the frame of mind created by the Freudian philosophy, with it’s disrespect for God, religion, and the past in general, and it’s addiction to pleasure, as an escape from despair.
In this case, we see the expression of several principles:

Faith and religion are a form of mental illness.
God is an illusion. We are alone in the world.
The purpose of life is to increase pleasure, and reduce pain.
Pleasure can be bought with money, therefore the more money you have the more pleasure you get. People who don’t have money are miserable.
Human life has no meaning
There is no despair in this world, except for our own, endless, existential despair.

The full list of principles stemming from the Freudian philosophy and creating the kind of people that rule Israeli Society can be found here, together with some examples of their placement and influence in our society. If you don’t want to read the whole, very long post, just scroll down to the section titled “Freud in Israeli culture”.


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