Obscure, unfeeling, unloving powers determine our fate. Nicholi is a Christian, and while he has tremendous affection and respect for Sigmund Freud, largely agrees with Lewis. We decide to study hard and not use other peoples ideas, because somehow that is part of our moral code. He is an expert in Freud studies and has done extensive research both on Freud's psychoanalytic method and his life including regular meetings with Freud's students and even his children. As I mentioned, many psychiatrists consider this book a classic in terms of understanding grief. And yet, for Augustine, human desire, no matter how perverse, retains some contact with the desire for the beautiful, with a longing for wholeness. This reminds me of my medical students just beginning to practice medicine; very often they will call me to tell me their experiences on the ward.
Of course in Soviet Russia such a view was taken seriously to the point that people believing in God were placed in mental asylums. He stated that war puts several deaths earlier and that one of the few positive aspects of war is that it makes us aware of our mortality. . The other sees the universe a result of design and our existence a part of that design. All in all, definitely worth watching, if a little topical because of the time restrictions and the emphasis placed on the title characters' biographies. Lewis periodicals and journals; as well as the relatively recent play and movie on his life all attest to the ever-growing interest in this man and his work.
Lewis and Sigmund Freud debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life. As part of an intellectual legacy, Freud vehemently advocated a secular, materialistic, atheistic philosophy of life. Their worldviews and prescriptions are markedly different. It forms, therefore, a marvelous intersection of psychology, biography, and philosophy, conducted by a highly capable and interesting guide. I can find no joy in life. And to another friend he asked, One ought to honor Lazarus rather than Stephen as a proto-martyr.
In which case they have saved their own branch, but also saved ours along with it. This conversion from one worldview to the other began an outpouring of scholarly and popular works that have influenced millions of people. Lewis also wrote about mortality. At this point Lewis was a theist, not a Christian. They never had an actual m Throughout the ages, many of the world's greatest thinkers have wrestled with the concept of -- and belief in -- God. Taken as a whole, though, the series offers much thought-provoking fodder for conversation, debate, and philosophical inquiry.
And Lewis said that this was the central theme of his life, this deep-seated desire that he called Joy. We did not need Freud to tell us that human desire can be a dark and destructive force. The fact that the vast majority of humankind believes in a God is no evidence for his existence — it just tells us how pathetic human beings are in needing to invent God. Moments later, after Freud returns—as he does frequently in the play—to his close relationship with his daughter Anna, Lewis returns the favor. And when you look at nature, indeed you see things even in vegetative life where a seed drops to the ground and dies and then comes to life in the form of a plant or great tree. The difference between the two, though, in that latter aspect, is that Freud didn't make his life's work center around the question of God, he stuck primarily to what he was good at, that is, psychology; Lewis, on the other hand, made the question of God almost the whole of his entire life, yet seemed to lack the most fundamental skills for arguing his points. And in another letter he stated, To me, this child has taken the place of all my children and all my grandchildren and since then I dont care for any of my grandchildren.
The problem is that it marks the end of all argument and rational persuasion — you are simply left with bullying tactics, scaremongering and plain abuse. Freud stands at a juncture between old and new conceptions of eros; in both the classical and his own view, desire contains the key to unraveling secrets about the human soul. Two weeks before his death, Lewis had lunch with a faculty colleague. Nicholi never quite gets into his groove when he discusses these two men. Nicholi, is apparently a Christian; subtle hints throughout the book make clear his approval of Lewis' conversion to Christianity. As he puts it at one point, human beings may evolve physically but not in terms of character.
Freud, who is shown as an atheist a reluctant one at that , always seemed to see negative outcomes, and expected negative reactions when faced with difficult situations. So Lewis tended to answer most of the arguments raised by Freud. There should only be arguments between atheists and theists. In the same paragraph Lewis is going to say they are after different things, but this does not cause him to disregard areas of common interest. He is also unaware that he is in a debate.
And then there were the repeated attacks of what he called the dread of death. If there is any evidence, the philosophy that you bring to that evidence determines how you interpret it. Its clear from reading this book why one chose to believe in God and the other saw it as a form of neurosis. I've been agnostic all of my adult life, and while secular humanism, to me, has a wonderful, uplifting aspect to it, this aspect kinda has a peak to it, and you can only suck so much out of that peak at any one time. Germain imagined how such a conversation between the two revered men might have gone. The play has done very well, playing to sold out audiences and has extended its performance calendar twice.
He didnt understand the reason: That was because she was ill, too; and what was odd was that there were several doctors in her room, and voices and comings and goings all over the house and doors shutting and opening. If it isn't, then what the door really conceals is simply the greatest fraud. It influences how we perceive ourselves, how we relate to others, how we adjust to adversity, and what we understand to be our purpose. The arguments flow naturally and I cannot recall a time when the discussion seemed forced. In another letter he wrote, As a confirmed unbeliever, I have no one to accuse and realize theres no place I can lodge a complaint. He hated growing old. It is a simple courtesy owed to the reader.