In Sigmund Freud’s “Civilization and Its Discontents” the author explains his perspective by naming what seems to be tension by holding the civilization and individual. He asserts that this tension stems from the individual’s quest for freedom and to not conform to something and civilizations’ quest for uniformity and repression. Many human instincts or habits lead to destruction to one’s self or their community. This is why laws are laid down against things which may include but not limited to adultery, rape ,and murder. Those who break laws are involved in severe consequences. Freud believes that humans are governed by a principle involving pleasure.
I believe that Freud’s goal is to analyze human unhappiness in contemporary civilization. He mainly argues that the repression of urges and drives help the civilization grow.At the same time this repression is problematic for the human mind and also for civilization.