The Criticism Of Moral Restriction Essays

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In this essay, I argue for the rejection of Freud’s suggestion that morality is a harmful burden to human life. My first argument asserts that Freud solely focuses on the external societal demands of morality, but neglects that morality also comes from within. Secondly, although Freud is correct in some of his assumptions about moral restriction, he only focuses on the negative aspects and disregards the positivity that can come from these constraints. Lastly, I argue that Freud exaggerates his claims about the nature of humans, and wrongly universalizes the suppression of instincts as a burden to all individuals. Freud might object to my arguments in a number of different ways. For instance, he might say that the negative aspects of human restriction outweigh the positive aspects based on the loss of freedom and liberty. However, this response ultimately fails because without human restriction, those who are stronger would dominate over the weak, causing an even greater loss of freedom, individuality and equality. Although Freud’s assertions are insightful, none of his objections will succeed in reply to my arguments, because morality will always triumph. Hence, we should reject Freud’s suggestion that morality is a harmful burden to human life. To live morally, individuals must display compassion, empathy, and a sense of humanity. Although Freud is correct in many of his assertions about the external demands of society, he focuses so much of his attention on this that…

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