The Top of the Ride

The Top of the Ride

I was thinking about what Freud called The Death Drive after reading a book by Michael Eigen about Psychic Deadness. The last time I went on a roller-coaster I found the most intense moment was when my car reached its highest point, before it started to descend. That was years ago: I’m not one for that kind of thing. I like intensity but I don’t want the illusion I might die.

There’s a point you can push any kind of pleasure to, and your desire may try to lead you further, to have more of it, to have too much.  That’s when the fun combusts, though. That’s when relationship ends, trouble begins, the machine catches fire … when the hunt for pleasure slips whatever might contain it and catastrophe beckons. Deadness lies ahead, ever pressing. Life doesn’t have the kind of rails and brakes a rollercoaster does if you take it beyond a certain point.

It’s all about love, I suppose. You need to be able to get angry to stop that descent. You need love and anger if you want to have intensity.

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