By Paulo Cesar Sandler
Within the final years of his lifestyles Bion amassed strange manuscripts handwritten in his tidy lettering that assumed the shape of a trilogy. Finely typed and edited via his committed spouse, they have been named "A Memoir of the Future". a number of the subject matters of this ebook have been already obvious in Transformations and Attention and Interpretation. those past books offer a few of the theories whose sensible counterpart eventually came across a sort within the trilogy: as Bion himself famous, "the standards for a psychoanalytic paper are that it may stimulate within the reader the emotional event that the author intends, that its energy to stimulate may be sturdy, and that the emotional event therefore motivated might be a correct illustration of the psychoanalytic event that prompted the author in first place." was once Bion actual to his note? it truly is maybe left to the reader to reply to this question. those books are an try to point out the view that Bion’s try out was once to offer the burning flame itself – instead of providing static images of the fireplace.
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ALICE You are a swine. I don’t like saying so, and hitherto I have been saved the necessity by the fact that you are a figment of the imagination. A. I think you may in future have to have a great deal of respect for figments of imagination and take them seriously. I could draw up a considerable list of Saviours of the Nation: for example, Hindenburg, Sir John French, Henry V. ALICE But surely some of them were good men? Or do you suggest that none was? A. I understand your unease. Mine is perhaps even greater because I am convinced that all the men and women I have ever known have some good in them.
ROSEMARY Isn’t it awful? Now it has become respectable and is called Psychoanalysis. It hardly makes one anxious to follow Roland’s suggestion and become unified. A. All right if we could link Somite Three with all the other Somite Threes. Of course, the auditory and optic pits would have to put up with being linked. DOCTOR The post-natals may want to keep their distance from the pre-natals—and vice versa. We must assume that the pre-natal crowd can adjust to a change from a liquid environment to a gaseous one, the olfactory elements easing the change by bringing mucus with them so they go on functioning even after birth.
Their claims are old wine in new bottles: “Now a better leader, who really knows it all, will replace the earlier one”. The cycle is renewed: promises of a better life → unfulfilled aspirations → rejection and attack → attraction of new promises (actually just the old pledges in new guises) → (ad infinitum). Real psychoanalysis is duly abhorred—both by the people who make the pledges and by those who find themselves revolting against the unfulfilled pledges. With his characteristic humour, Bion illustrated the issue with a fable in Attention and Interpretation.
An Introduction to W.R. Bion’s ’A Memoir of the Future’: Facts of Matter or A Matter of Fact? by Paulo Cesar Sandler