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“Looked at in isolation, a thought may seem very trivial or fantastic; but it may be made important by another thought that comes after it, and, in conjunction with other thoughts that may seem equally absurd, it may turn out to form a most effective link. Reason cannot form any opinion upon all this unless it retains the thought long enough to look at it in connection with others.”
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“Looked at in isolation, a thought may seem very trivial or fantastic; but it may be made important by another thought that comes after it, and, in conjunction with other thoughts that may seem equally absurd, it may turn out to form a most effective link. Reason cannot form any opinion upon all this unless it retains the thought long enough to look at it in connection with others.”
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

Fragments

A/D/H/D

Hitherto the Enlightenment conceived of nature as a chaotic potential to be controlled, harvested, and capitalized on by means of knowledge; ADHD presents the inner life of the single individual as ripe for cultivation by the products of knowledge.

Notes

Masud Khan on Dream Space

Dream space can be used by people “in exactly the same way as the child uses the transitional space of the paper to doodle on." - Masud Khan

Digitized and edited photo of Masud Khan
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Abandon-inc

While those who espouse “Make America Great Again” have been abandoned by the conservative myths that have for them made distinctly American suffering intelligible, those who find these “basket of deplorables” unredeemable have abandoned their feelings that make suffering itself intelligible. 

Excursus on the "Historical Element" in Humankind by Carl Jung

“Man is not a machine that can be remodeled for quite other purposes as occasion demands, in the hope that it will go on functioning as regularly as before but in a quite different way. He carries his whole history with him; in his very structure is written the history of mankind. This historical element in man represents a vital need to which a wise psychic economy must respond. Somehow the past must come alive and participate in the present. Total assimilation to the object will always arouse the protest of the suppressed minority of those elements that belong to the past and have existed from the the very beginning….These impulses (thoughts, wishes, affects, needs, feelings, etc.) take on a regressive character according to the degree of repression; the less they are acknowledged, the more infantile and archaic they become. The conscious attitude robs them of all energy that is readily disposable, only leaving them the energy of which it cannot deprive them. This residue, which still possesses a potency not to be underestimated, can be described only as primordial instinct.”

C. G. Jung, Psychological Types, Trans. H. G. Baynes (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971) 338.

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