civilizations and its discontents by sigmund freud
i think this is a must read. perhaps i will read it again. the book was published in 1930 - and most of theses have been published elsewhere turning into popular knowledge - but what is striking is that the book is still not 86 years too late. the themes of repression, insecurity, patriarchy are widely discussed now - and this book provides a starting point of how it is humans are willing to trade its desires for security and culture, where happiness has never been so elusive that it's ever been.
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