It would take a genius to invent a business that didn't involve blood, filth or heavy lifting; where any failure is down to the customer; and there is no end to the process, so the income stream is permanent. We should all salute Sigmund Freud's towering achievement.
But it has occurred to me that some of his theories are not about the indvidual's suffering; he may have been a crypto-revolutionary.
Ostensibly, according to his schematic below, humans go through five stages:
Psychosexual Stages of Development
Alternatively, the first three stages represent the three levels of society:
Oral: the lower orders suck on the welfare breast
Anal: the middle class worry about whether to put soft plastic in the recycle or the burnable trash; carbon dioxide; vitamins, etc.
Phallic: the elites f*** everybody else, especially the poor
- and the next two are the stages leading to revolution:
Latent: the people are oppressed and passive, unable to escape from the mire of debt, politically impotent, distracted by cheapjack entertainment, drugs and alcohol etc.
Genital: the greed and power-madness of the few finally f*** the whole system. A few survivors - unlikely to include the bunker billionaires, whose exits and air vents will have been concreted up by their vengeful victims - fossick through the wreckage for the means of survival.
Or maybe I've got all that wrong. That's the danger of the internet, it makes us all sciolists.
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain
And drinking largely sobers us again.
- Alexander Pope, 'An Essay on Criticism' (1711)