Excerpt: "USEFUL DELUSIONS" Author Shankar Vedantam
In ‘Civilization and Its discontents’ www.stephenhicks.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FreudS-CIVILIZATION-AND-ITS-DISCONTENTS-text-final.pdf Sigmund Freud wrote, “One can try to recreate the world, to build up in its stead another world in which its most unbearable features are eliminated and replaced by others that are in conformity with one’s own wishes. But whoever, is desperate defiance, sets out upon this path to happiness . . . becomes a mad man” This idea that being mentally healthy means seeing the world realistically survived unchallenged until the late twentieth century. ~ Page 87