Deep troubled waters
Simon & Garfunkel
By fair means and foul circumcision has rendered the spirit of large masses insatiable. For good or ill circumcision neuroses have been all around for many generations. The disquieted mind is eager to question and to get answers. But the definite answers do not reassure it. Actuality offers no shelter to those who are robbed of pleasure. Concreteness is impractical to those who are deficient in sensitivity. The potential of promises motivates them more strongly than facts.
The disturbed spirit perseveringly worries and praises, fears and admires, questions and replies, asks and demands, believes and negates, seeks and challenges authority, evades and assigns responsibility simultaneously. It is constant only in its restlessness and is certain only in its diffidence. It has no taste for specificity but is fond of ambiguity.
Neurotic behaviour is ambiguous because neurotics are perpetually in a state of accommodation. Neurotics are resourceful, inventive, productive and supportive in the sphere concerning their psychological compensations but at the same time they may be anxious, uncertain, unreliable and dogmatic in other spheres. Neuroses can be both creative and destructive depending on the social context. And there is no way that only the positive aspect of neuroses can be used.
The detachment that neurotics sometimes manifest is not impartiality but a never ending quest for regaining self-integrity. Neurotics are oversensitive and touchy, creative and anxious, passionate and controlling, dissatisfied and acquisitive, offering and demanding sacrifice all together. If we remove the trouble from Bonnie and Clyde will any romanticism remain in their story?
The song “Bridge over Troubled Water” saddens some and cheers others or has both effects concurrently. It depresses and comforts all at once. It neurotises and consoles at the same time. Maybe it can be used as a test of circumcision neurosis.
The psychological compensations of a deficiency are contrary to it and tend to excess. The inadequacy and compensatory character of neurotic behaviour result in a discrepancy of actions and ideas for them. As superiority feelings may compensate for an inferiority complex, lofty neurotic ideals may go along with not so elevated activities.
The circumcision neuroses dispose to attitudes considered spiritual such as sublimation, asexuality, compassion, solidarity, overmoralizing, pathos, artistry, abstract awe, and monotheistic religion that is deserted of sex deities. In practice these cerebral virtues may be accompanied with licentious, immoral, unsympathetic, exaggerating, indecisive, fearful, acquisitive, overbearing, sexually suppressive and religiously intolerant attitudes. Just as pure logic may be despiritualizing, unappeasable spirituality may be destructive.
Insistently the disturbed spirit blends hope and suffering, art and faith, religion and science, matter and energy. Its ever searching disposition has instigated imagination and stimulated the development of religion, philosophy, literature, humanitarian and conceptual science and interpretational art. We are obliged to circumcision neuroses, for instance, for disturbing jazz and inspiring classical musical interpretations as well as for touching literature and film personages. The great contribution of circumcision neuroses to religious, philosophical, liberatory, scientific and social utopias seems unparalleled.
On the negative side the circumcision neuroses along with those induced by other sexually repressive practices are in favour of ethnic segregation, social intolerance, political polarization, class antagonism and religious fundamentalism. Their criminogenic potential is yet to be specified. But this cannot be done in the zones of their strongest influence and in the frame of the Freudian psychology.
Circumcision neuroses lack self-regulation. They are zealously pursued and may acquire the character of compulsive acts and border with fanaticism. Due to the polarization of neurotic conditions the God-fearing and piousness may go hand in hand with aggression and violence. Compulsive creativity is resourceful but unforgiving.
The accumulated physic energy seeks discharge. It materializes everywhere it can. Circumcision neurosis is like a cultural poltergeist that manifests its presence all around. For the time being we can only hope it does it without using explosives.