By Colin Feltham
What’s incorrect with us? Professor Colin Feltham believes that the present crises of the human are indicators of a protracted wayward tendency which he phrases ‘anthropathology’. This interdisciplinary examine the zeitgeist of problem strains the roots of human soreness, exploring the modern problems with human violence, deceit, patriarchy, abuse, irrationality and greed. Our human anthropathology is put on the middle of all such difficulties. Echoing the pessimism of Schopenhauer, Cioran, Beckett, grey and others, Feltham however insists that solutions might be formulated via war of words. demanding and enlightening for pros, teachers and scholars, what is wrong With Us? can be a desirable learn for somebody with a basic curiosity in our present social country.
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They must usually do this for 12 years or more, and much of this is in preparation for the 50 years of work that lie ahead of them. 19 We may ‘love’ our children fiercely but at the same time, in our own sleepwalk through tradition, and cowed by the capitalist lash, fail to consider and act on their real needs. We irrationally combine a sentimental protectiveness towards children and a kind of paedophobia. The journalist Matthew Parris argued contentiously that: ‘of the myriad ways adults in modern Britain hurt children and children hurt each other, paedophilia ranks right down the scale – way behind neglect, bullying, indifference, divorce, cruelty, bad parenting and bad example’ (quoted by Humphrys, 1999, p.
I provocatively refer to survival as hysterical to make the point that while the will to live and aversion to death are rational or axiomatic, our insistence on sustaining and extending life at all costs is a kind of madness that creates paradoxical threats to survival and to quality of life. What exactly is the purpose of extending average life expectancy to 80, 90 or 100 or more17 (increase in quantity), if much of that life is spent imprisoned in miserable jobs and circumstances, in unhappiness and impoverished well-being (decrease in quality)?
Foucault famously spoke of parrhesia – a term used by Euripides and meaning free speech, bold truth-telling – but Foucault is also a prime example of academic obfuscation. We may reserve a small place for bluntness and plain speaking but the acceptable norm is direct feelings converted into the bland, complex or polite. Our perception of what is obvious and simple has been so thoroughly censored that we mystify everyday life and live a lie interpersonally, politically and in most domains. Where would it lead you if you tried to spend even a day simply noticing, voicing and acting on the obvious about what you felt, thought, and saw around you?
What's Wrong with Us: The Anthropathology Thesis by Colin Feltham