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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychological liberation as political release, 27 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Listen, Little Man! (Noonday) (Paperback)
Reich wades into the swamp of unrequited belief. The aim, to anlayse where it all went wrong and keeps going awry. Reich is fundamentally inspired by human liberation, the desire to unshackle humanity from all forms of tyranny. In reality he found himself increasingly alienated, shunned and finally ignored from those he wished to release from false belief. Here he journeys backwards in his projection. Analysing why people apparently choose docility and slavery over vitality and zest.

The narrative strikes resonances within the present. Coated in his personal woundings, the insight unfurls, connecting to the early epoch of the 21st century.

The little man, bows in awe, to his projected belief in the great man. The great man, is however a little man surrounding himself with the beliefs and trappings of greatness, the Wizard of Oz, the manager of appearances. Inside him is a hollow kernel, it echoes and resonates with the zeitgeist. Paranoid he will always be found out and exposed. The great man builds his creaking stage on the projections of thousands of millions of little men (and women). They beam their lack of self belief outwardly onto someone they deem superior. His/her greatness is stacked on their self denigration. The lower the serf-belief, the greater the celebrity, white knight; the life saviour.

Absolving personal responsibility becomes the game of shuffle,involving the sacrifice of celebrity failures, those who usurp their status. Collapse brings psychological malaise, the feeling of being let down. An abstract entity carries on their mediated shoulders the collective burden of blame.

Individual achievement is subsumed within staged abstract entities. National greatness is one cell, religious identity, caste, race, sexuality all face each other on the landing.

Collectives are positive when they are composed of radiating individuals with a nuclear inner core of self knowledge, self belief and actualisation coming together as communities.

All Reich foundations rest on inner perception and outward belief. Human beings, when stripped of pretension are neither good nor evil, in the traditional religious moral scale of measurement. People exist in a perpetual state of tension within relationships. These bind and release individuals to notions of the promulgation of life affirming health. The propulsion to a life of being.

Reich is not anti relgious, he perceives the kernel of Judeo-Christianity as a religion of individual liberation. Corrupted by hierarchical greed undermining individual actualisation. Socialism another creed usurped by arrogant wills becomes another liberating force turned against itself. Once the little men victories are achieved, power is seemingly handed to the great man. They wield it for their own personal trajectory.

A challenging thought prooking book connecting the individual within the social incorporating the political. Whilst psychology adjusts maladjusted souls to an inane society, this tilts the psychological axis into the fifth dimension; psychological liberation as political release.
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