From 7 Men Who Rule the World From the Grave
The fifth man who rules the world from his grade is Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis. He wanted to be a medical doctor. He took the tests, hoping to get into medical school, and was desperate for the moment when he would hear the good news that he could become a practicing physician. When they came to tell him the good news, ”Yes, you have been excepted. You can go to medical school,” he collapsed and was bedridden for a year. During that time he began to wonder, ”Did I really want to be a doctor? Why did I collapse? What is the problem? There's something more to it than meets the eye.” He came to the conclusion that there is a whole set of motivations within the psychic nature of man, and these became more important to him than man's physical body. Psychoanalysis has developed from this view.
Freud introduced us to the id, the ego, and the superego. Only a college sophomore can explain the difference among these three. Once you get to be a junior, you forget them, and when you get to be a senior, you wish you had never heard of them. His analysis of the human personality was based on these three terms. But Freud's main thesis concerned the repression and expression of his big word—libido. He expounds for pages, and chapters, and books: ”What man is, he is a result of the repression or expression of his sex drive, or sexual desire. Libido, that is the sine qua non that governs human behavior.”
The chief evil of these men who rule the world from the grave (and many of the manipulators of society today) is that they are reductionists. They want to invent a determinism. You've heard the expression, ”What is the bottom line?” They used that before anyone else did. ”What is the reduction, what is the determinism that makes man what he is? What is the essence of man?” Christian, make sure that you have the right answer to this question. For Freud, the essence of man is libido, and he becomes what he becomes because he says “yes” or “no” to this drive.
He gave us this new concept of the human personality, but what else did he do that enables him to rule the world from his grave? He took the subject of sex and made it a chief item of public interest, but he also made it the determinism of society. We used to be chaste, we used to be modest, we used to be obedient to the dictates of Scripture, which say of the things that are done between people in secret, “...let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints” (Eph. 5:3). Christians, don't you forget that. God's Law has not changed. Today we have a revolution that is absolutely fantastic, and it is of course the sexual revolution. Sex has moved from the place it once held—sacred and holy and divine, a part of the salt and pepper of life—and now it has become life itself. The result is that we now have haggard, disease-ridden young people who at the age of thirteen or fourteen years old are burned out. They quickly go beyond sex into drugs and the occult. We used to say, “Sow your wild oats, and you'll be an old man by the time you're forty.” We have a lot of kids walking around today that will be old men before they are young men, and by the age of seventeen they will have lost their capacity to enjoy anything whatsoever in life.
Our society is now dying of that big non-emotion, boredom. There are other measurable results. So many individual young people will never realize the full beauty and enjoyment that is possible in sex because it has been so misused. The results have been devastating. Man's capacity for a normal and meaningful life has been stolen from him to a great extent. The sexual revolution has been exploited by the media, co-opted by the promoters, and driven into the nature of young people. Our society is absurd, it is out of hand, it is uncontrollable, as it relates to this subject.
This book is an early version of what 10 years later became the full-length book, Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave, published by Moody Press.
7 Men Who Rule the World From the Grave