I put my own personal spin to it in that not only did I compare Freud and
Marx's viewpoints, I stated that perhaps what they saw in society was just
a reflection of their own biases and personal inner feelings.
Freud and Marx it can be argued were both, as individuals,
dissatisfied with their societies. Marx more plainly than Freud, but Freud
can also be seen as discontent in certain aspects such as his cynical view of
human nature. Each were great thinkers and philosophers, but both seemed
unhappy. Perhaps the social ills and trouble each perceived in the world
about them were only the reflections of what each of the thinkers held within
themselves. Each person observes the same world, but each of us interprets
that information in a different way. They both saw the world as being injust
or base. Each understood the disfunctions in society as being caused by some
aspect of human greed or other similar instinct.
They did however, disagree
on what the vehicle for these instincts' corrupting influences are. Freud
claimed that tension caused by the stuggle to repress anti-social instincts
eventually was released and caused the social evils he observed. Marx also
saw instincts at work but not the tensions and Id that Freud saw, Marx simply
credited man's greed and the subsequent oppression of other men as the root to
all that was wrong with civilization. It is interesting to note that both
Freud and Marx saw conflict but each traced it back to sources each was
respectively educated in.
Freud was a Psychoanalyst and his understanding of the mind was very
conflict oriented. He saw man as a kind of glorified animal who had the same
desires and needs as any other animal. The only true difference between...