"Freud...Jung...Adler.... Lurking behind all theories of how the mind works is a greater theory: Darwin's. In Freud's vocabulary, the idea of survival as the prime directive is expressed by the concept of the id. In Jung's, by the rather grander idea of blood consciousness. Neither man, I think, would argue with the idea that if all conscious thought, all memory, all ratiocinative ability, were to be stripped from a human mind in a moment, what would remain would be pure and terrible....
"Although neither the Freudians nor the Jungians come right out and say it, they strongly suggest that we may have a core, a single basic carrier wave...a single line of written code which cannot be stripped.
"At bottom, you see, we are not Homo sapiens at all. Our core is madness. The prime directive is murder."
Interesting to me to think of survival as the core of one's being. As the author continues to write, the plaque on the moon that says, 'We came in peace for all mankind' has Richard Nixon's name on it. And "for every Michelangleo there's a Marquis de Sade, for every Ghandi an Eichmann, for every Martin Luther King an Osama bin Laden...." Of course, it could be the other way around. Then there's that nasty little survival of the fittest thing.
As I said, interesting thoughts. What do you think?