Saturday, April 9, 2016

Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud Annotations and Why Music Holds Value Part 2

Through my travelings inside Sigmund Freud's mind nothing could be more apparent that he seems to have a distaste for music. 

And out of curiosity I looked into this more and there are other sources that point to this too: [Psychology Today] Why We Love Musicand Freud Despised ItBut I will like to focus on what Sigmund Freud seemed to suggest in Civilization and Its Disconetents.

He seemed to point to a limitation in music and while that may be true I go further and suggest that music still has other merits besides ones based on pleasure-seeking.


  • Music can bring humans solace: Whether people realize it or not this is true. When you cry at a favorite song or when you think "this song really moves me". The musician/music artist is reaching your inner you and you feel validated at an experience you yourself have gone through. This can be understood as that musician/music artist as getting you. And no matter how you look at it, it is incredibly important and one of the most pure experiences in the world.
  • The admiration you show a musician or music artist is a validation of another human's exist: I don't think anyone is impervious to the fact that so much in life seems immaterial, but when you actively support a musician you like this shows that you realize their potential as human beings. You are getting music you love while a musician feels happy that his existence means something in the grander scheme of things. 

My only sadness is that I couldn't come up with more reasons to the value of music, because I guess like Sigmund Freud brings up in Civilization and Its Discontents music is truly a mysterious and elusive thing. Why is why conceptualizing it proves difficult. 


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