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  1. #1 Art: a means to regain the laughter of infancy 
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    Art: a means to regain the laughter of infancy

    Civilization has become an uncritical style of life that sacrifices the free energies of the citizen to a self-absorbed and largely fictional pattern of social meaning. Free energies can lead us back to the laughter of play provided we gain a comprehension of the possibility inherent in art.

    In his book “Wit and the Unconscious” Freud affirms a “connection between art and the pleasure-principle, but the pursuit, through art, of pleasure incompatible with the reality-principle is not despised but glorified.”

    Freud recognizes an important connection between art and the pleasure-principle—art makes fun with the reality-principle—art is wit in humor’s clothing—wit recovers our childish behavior and places that playfulness into a form that the reality-principle will accept—the purpose of art is to “regain the lost laughter of infancy”.

    When the psyche is not organized for acquiring our essential needs and instinctual demands for mere survival we can let that psyche work for our pleasure just from the mere fact that humans find pleasure in pure passionate activity. Art knows how to rediscover our childishness, our need for play, and our need for disinterested activity pursued merely for the pleasure such activity might bring.

    We strive, through play, to reach the euphoria that Carl Sagan express when he said “Understanding is a kind of ecstasy”.

    Freud uses the metaphor “art is wit”; we use wit as a means to find our way back to the pleasure-principle that has been hidden from us by our grinding capitulation to the reality-principle, which we have made education to be. We seek through art to regain “the laughter of infancy”.

    Quotes from “Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History” by Norman O. Brown.

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    i'm an artist, and all that sounded like, was roundhouse nonsense.
    anyways, modern art has been destroyed by our achievement-based society.
    art is hugely subjective, yet you have a bunch of fucktarts who sit at the top and pretend to know shit about what is art, and what is not.
    art galleries are a bunch of fucking brainrot institutions, who thrive in celebrating nonsense.
    what fucking kind of a title is "life against death"
    it sounds like he's smeared shit on paper, and bound it.
    is there any pictures in the book? of course there isn't.
    the whole book is without exception written in the spirit of elevating his ass above the layman.

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