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January 16, 2023


Disturb a nest of hornets and you have an approximation of evil. Disturb a hive of humans and you have evil incarnate. In either case, the typical reaction of the victim is to annihilate the nest or hive. The evil is then neutralized. Perhaps that is what Freud is suggesting when he discusses the latent evil within the human mind and its exclusion. The entire mind will need to be annihilated to that end.

The Calsoyas comment seems to me thoughful but its conclusion a bit extreme.

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