CBA Record July-August 2020


D ealing with Covid-19 has unleashed feelings of anxiety and despair. So I thought I would interview the most famous psychiatrist of all time for advice, Dr. Sigmund Freud. We met in a dream, naturally. He was reclining on a dilapidated Victorian-era sofa that reeked of stale cigar smoke. I sat six feet away, wearing an N95 mask. I took down Freud’s exact words (which he actually said during his lifetime). Hyman: You lived through what has been called the Spanish Flu. Freud: The restrictions were bad for us, the uncertainties were great, clinical practice was of course low. Hyman: Your daughter, Sophie, contracted the virus and died. Freud: Our sweet Sophie in Hamburg had been snatched away by influenzal pneumonia, snatched away in the midst of glowing health, from a full and active life as a competent mother and loving wife, all in four or five days, as though she had never existed. A meaningless, brutal act of fate. A joke played on helpless, poor humans by higher forces. Hyman: How did you cope? Freud: We knew that the acute sorrow we feel after such a loss will run its course, but also that we will remain inconsolable, and will never find a substitute. No matter what may come to take its place, even should it fill that place completely, it remains something else. And that is how it should be. It is the only way of perpetuating a love that we do not want to abandon. Hyman: What guidance can you offer us today? Freud: The principal task of civilization is to defend us against nature. Hyman: So far, nature is winning. Freud: Three things are impossible to fulfill completely: healing, educating, governing. Hyman: Maybe impossible, but necessary if we are to beat back this pandemic. Freud: It is only by the influence of individuals who can set an example, whom the masses recog- nize as their leaders, that they can be induced to submit to the labors and renunciations on which the existence of culture depends. Hyman: There’s been lots of controversy about Washington’s response to Covid-19. Freud: Fools, visionaries, sufferers from delusions, neurotics, and lunatics have played great roles at all times in the history of humankind, and not merely when the accident of birth had bequeathed them sovereignty. Usually, they have wreaked havoc. Hyman: I’m optimistic things will get better. Freud: Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength. One day, in retrospect, this struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. Hyman: Ah, thank you. A half-smile of anticipation appeared on Dr. Freud’s face. He asked if he could smoke the cigar he’d been chewing. Hyman: This is a no-smoking dream. Keep chewing. Freud: Maturity is the ability to postpone gratification. Hyman: Tell us, what is the meaning of life? Freud: At that moment when a person starts to seriously ponder the meaning and value of life, you can consider him a madman. Hyman: Sorry I asked. Freud: My boy, being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. Hyman: Final question. People are feeling depressed. Thoughts? Freud: Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by a-holes. With that I awoke to the smell of a freshly lit cigar. BY JUSTICE MICHAEL B. HYMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Dreaming of Dr. Sigmund Freud EDITOR’S BRIEFCASE

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