Last week we looked at Freud’s psychological thinking about superego, id and ego and how each of these play out in the decisions people make and the outcomes that arise.
With this in mind, let’s develop this further to embrace the issue of freewill of those who, believing a conspiracy is being waged against them, refuse to wear masks, sanitise themselves and/ or take precautions .
I first became aware of this during the early weeks of self-isolation when news reports from the States showed groups refusing to comply with mask coverings on the grounds that they considered it to be contrary to their rights as free people, US citizens, etc. Interestingly, I happened across another segment yesterday in which American people were giving recorded testimony stating their objection/refusal to wear masks as they believed it to be unconstitutional and hampering the ‘good lungs that God had given them.’
Now, whatever your thoughts on this, the interesting thing is what these statements and behaviour reveal about the person – moreover, what has dominance over their brain. While each of us has an ‘Id’ which is the seat of our unabated desire, for many of us, our sense of communal responsibility (superego) means that we are prepared to negate our behaviour for the common good. However, those refusing to self-isolate or even acknowledge there is a crisis fall squarely into a category that suggests their ‘Id’ is untempered by the superego. If it were, they’d be concerned for the health and wellbeing of others – irrespective of their politics or any niggling concerns of their own – but they’re not! And herein lies the problem of postmodernism and the issue of competing multiple truths which supposedly hold equal validity. We will consider this in the next post.