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Thu May 12, 2022, 03:47 PM

Teach Your Children Well

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”
― Sigmund Freud


Recently, I identified our opposition as a fist, combining individual fingers such as rigid christians, militia-types, etc. Today, I'd like to talk about the palm of their hands. Obviously, an unhealthy, repressed sense of sexuality creates conflicted, angry adults.It would be too easy to laugh and make rude and crude jokes. But is not sexuality the core of all "cultural" issues the republicans declare war on?

What horrible events cause some to be uncomfortable with sex as a means to pleasure, rather than shame? How devoid of meaning is a life focused on an obsession with other people's sex lives? And, in a tip of the hat to Sigmund, is there really much difference between the sad sap who imagines his gun is a reflection of his penis, and the incel who grabs a gun to inflict suffering on happy people?

Okay, okay ...... Freudian theory has some weak spots, things that are better understood today. Freud, like every good teacher, hoped for students to go beyond him. Being old, I may not be up to date, but I liked A. S. Neill's views, expressed in his 1960 classic , "Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing." (The title was later changed to "Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood." He thought that if sexuality was viewed as religious/spiritual, so should things like gardening and making a meal. Works for me.

The introduction of Neill's book is by Erich Fromm, my favorite in psychology and sociology. In his series of books, Fromm covers the distinctions between well-adjusted human beings, and a group of people we know today as "republicans." Frustrated individuals who have buried their emotions and drives, only to have them come back to the surface in the ugliest of ways. And that damages them -- sometimes even in their political careers -- as well as their families, communities, states and this nation.

We are witnessing this dynamic today, with their projecting their inner obsessions with child sex upon normal, healthy people. That is telling. Unless one is employed in law enforcement or child protective services, it is an odd topic to be thinking about for hours every day. It is the definition of projecting their inner demons outward. One cannot but connect this with their guilt-ridden religious superstitions.

One can't help but notice that they want to impose their superstitions in all social realms: in the legal system, over science, and in the public schools. They want to outlaw the teaching of an accurate history of our country. A significant portion of the relations between the good white christians and black and red people involves the unhealthy perversions of those white men. And that wasn't limited to targeting adult women -- one need only to take a look at the horros of the schools for Indian children being uncovered in North America today. You can attempt to bury the Truth, but it will rise to the surface, too.

Sex education in schools is a Good Thing. But it scares our republican siblings. There are a number of reasons why. Most often, they say sex education should be taught at home or in the church. No parent who takes a responsible approach to teaching their children about sex need worry about it being taught in school. It's biology, it's science. And not all kids have parents taking that responsibility. Not all parents want the emotional ball & chain associated with religious misinterpretations of sexuality. We favor that wall of separation between church and state ..... and between church and bedrooms.

Anxiety, guilt, and fear combine to energize the rage that the republicans channel into society. Consider how scary life has become for them. Their creation myths are challenged by yje mere thought of their children being taught the science of DNA and evolution. The idea of keeping guns out of the hands of the unhinged causes a very Freudian castration anxiety. A highly intelligent, well-educated and experienced black woman is on the Supreme Court. A brown-skinned person walked through their neighborhood. The list of thoughts and behaviors they want to legislate appears endless.

But we are going to put an end to it. These are simply the older versions of the kids we didn't like in school. Maybe from grade school, and definitely from high school on. They are emotionally damaged, ethically scarred victims of a social illness that we must contain and keep from causing more entrenched damage. Come November, we will crush them at the polls, with the promise that we'll teach their children well, so their parents' hell, can slowly ..... wait! Change of lyrics: so their parents hell will quickly fade away.

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
― Sigmund Freud

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H2O Man Thursday OP
panader0 Thursday #1
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spanone Thursday #11
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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 04:13 PM

1. In another sense "well" is where you get your water. When it runs dry, as in what is

happening to our basic values in this country, you will miss it more than you know.
The soul of Otis Redding:

Or the country styling of The Byrds:

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Response to panader0 (Reply #1)

Thu May 12, 2022, 05:45 PM

3. Thank you!

"There may not be much difference
Between Chairman Mao and Richard Nixon
If we strip them naked ......

"We're all water from different rivers
That's why it's so easy to meet
We're all water in this vast, vast ocean
Someday we'll evaporate together"

-- Yoko Ono; We're All Water



I remember an interview where, around this time (1972) Yoko said if she could have had Hitler in bed for a few weeks, she could have made him a happy, well-adjusted person. Eight years later, she noted that based on her time with John, it may have taken a bit longer.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #3)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:44 PM

6. lol.

god i love yoko.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #6)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:02 PM

7. One of my great regrets

in life is loaning a nephew the tape of David Peel and Yoko in the recording studio in the early 1970s. David gave it to me a few years later. It was wild!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #3)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:29 PM

11. What a great Yoko quote.

Never heard that before.....Thanks.

Great essay H2O Man

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Response to spanone (Reply #11)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:47 PM

12. It's from the

"Some Time in New York City" double-album. Fair to say it wasn't John's most popular post-Beatles effort, but there are some great songs on it.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 04:57 PM

2. K&R

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Thu May 12, 2022, 05:47 PM

4. Thank you!

I hesitated to post this essay, but think it is important that we expose our opposition for their hang-ups.

May our thoughts and prayers save them.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #4)

Thu May 12, 2022, 06:39 PM

5. No need to hesitate

I always find your perspective interesting.

Republicans have always been oddly obsessed with other people's sex lives. All the latest controversy about teaching kids about differing types of families -- two Moms and two Dads, or just one parent being okay -- is more evidence of their rabid obsession with the sex lives of other people.

And lets face it -- it isn't as if they have any ideas about how to make life better for the average American. So what do you do when you have absolutely no beneficial ideas? But you really really want to regain power? You attack the other side and you get to be against everything they try to do to help Americans. And with the help of Faux Noose you convince 1/3 of the population that Democrats are all gay, over educated and kill and eat babies.

Abortions are bad because they kill babies but once the babies are born -- fuck them. They can starve.

I am furious about Roe for perhaps a different reason than most. It will not stop abortions. Because 70% of abortions happen for economic reasons. If you're poor, and you know having a child would just break you, you'll do whatever you have to do to get an abortion. The law becomes meaningless. If we were to address the economic side of raising children, and make it easier to raise them, make their fathers contribute financially and otherwise financially support the babies once they are born, there would be fewer abortions among the poor. Wealthy women would still have abortions because they can.

Sorry. Down off my soap box.

I am very optimistic about our chances in the midterms. If they do nuke Roe v. Wade even more optimistic.

In fact nowadays I am quite serene. And I live in Florida! So either I have senile dementia and can no longer get riled up or there is real reason for optimism. Can't decide.

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Response to Saoirse9 (Reply #5)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:12 PM

8. Very good!

I'd be okay with it if anti-choice republicans focused all of their energies into working to reduce the numbers of unwanted pregnancies. Support things like sex education and available birth control. Those things would make sense. But attempts to make your religious beliefs into law is a clear violation of Amendment 1 rights.

One of my next essays will focus on family structures, and how the economic system dictates the types of family. It's not just the changes since I was a kid, when one wage-earner could support a family with one full-time job with benefits. If people want to engage in searches for social sins, the economic system that has declared war on families would seem an appropriate place to start.

I've heard that soap boxes can be handy for basking your opposition's head. Symbolically, of course!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #8)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:15 PM

9. I will do some symbolic bashing

Then bash them with my vote.

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Response to Saoirse9 (Reply #9)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:17 PM

10. That's the correct way.

We must make full use of our own soap box. And vote.

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