Monday, October 08, 2007


Ok, I'll admit it. I'm pretty sure I'm a secret voyeur. I've checked out the weekly updated secrets on the website Postsecret every week, like clockwork, for probably a year or so (and I know I'm not the only one. Plenty of my friends have told me that they read it weekly too). I'm fascinated by people. I'm interested in what makes them tick. I'm interested in what makes me tick. I like the idea of providing a safe venue for people to express the seemingly inexpressible. However, I wish, for the many postcard senders, that they had someone to tell. When I find a secret that particularly interests me, I download it. Here are some from my collection:
Also, here is a video I found on YouTube with some more secrets:


The Holmans said...

About the card that reads "i beleive that people are inherently good", Freud had this to say: "In consequence of this primary mutual hostility of human beings, civilized society is perpetually threatened with disentigration. The interest of work in common would not hold it together; instinctual passions are stronger than reasonable interests. Civilization has to use its utmost efforts in order to set limits to man's aggressive instincts and to hold the manifestations of them in check by physical reaction-formations. Hence, therefore, the use of methods intended to incite people into identifications and aim-inhibited relationships of love, hence the restriction upon sexual life, and hence too the ideal's commandment to love one's neighbour as oneself--a commandment which is really justified by the fact that nothing else runs so strongly counter to the original nature of man. In spite of every effort, these endeavours of civilization have not so far achieved very much." -Signmund Freud

Torben B said...

I can agree with Freud to a certain extent, however, it seems that their are too many examples that excellently refute this quote. I'm not sure if I believe in any "pure" form of altruism, although I lean towards not believing in any purely altruistic act. Nonetheless, I can't deny the natural endorphins that are felt when doing something kind for another person. Although I don't believe these acts to be altruistic, I do believe that the endorphins are a natural incentive for such acts. Of course, there is overwhelming evidence of man's hate for one another as well, but I'm not convinced that these cruel acts aren't the product of social factors instead of innate aspects of humankind's makeup. But, of course, I could be wrong :) But I do love other people and I do believe that people typically try to do the right thing, hence the overwhelming amount of lies spouted by the government to conceal the true reality of political initiatives. I think a lot of average people would struggle with the inhumanity of a lot of political decisions.