An Introduction to W.R. Bion’s ’A Memoir of the Future’: by Paulo Cesar Sandler

By Paulo Cesar Sandler

Within the final years of his existence Bion accumulated strange manuscripts handwritten in his tidy lettering that assumed the shape of a trilogy. Finely typed and edited via his devoted spouse, they have been named "A Memoir of the Future". a number of the issues of this booklet have been already obtrusive in Transformations and Attention and Interpretation. those past books supply a few of the theories whose functional counterpart eventually came upon a sort within the trilogy: as Bion himself famous, "the standards for a psychoanalytic paper are that it's going to stimulate within the reader the emotional adventure that the author intends, that its strength to stimulate can be sturdy, and that the emotional event therefore encouraged might be a correct illustration of the psychoanalytic event that influenced the author in first place." used to be Bion real to his note? it's probably 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 offering static images of the hearth.

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I think it might some day be possible for them all to be awake and carry on a fairly disciplined debate. ROBIN I doubt it. I sometimes think it saves my sanity that most of them are usually asleep. It’s bad enough when it’s only two or three talking at once. ROLAND That’s only because they all talk a different language. MAN I shot you so you would lie down and stay down—and out. And silent. Your friend Robin too—years ago. I don’t want any ghostly voices around. Anyone would think it wasn’t bad enough with religious nonsense inventing a future life and angel voices to add to the tumult.

Here—suck one of these psychoanalytic pills—slowly. Just let it dissolve in your mind. You’ve swallowed it! You shouldn’t have done that. It won’t do you any harm—just a bit of heart ache. But it will spread through your system and be excreted harmlessly by your mind— like cinnamon, or whisky. It was probably the Future casting its shadow before; sometimes disguised as the Past casting its memory forward. ROSEMARY Thank you; I am most grateful. Do you know what gratitude is? ”3 ALICE You are cynical.

Disciples, apostles, followers, or anyone else who tries to profit from or continue the farce or comedy, are fated to act as stretcherbearers: lie is a product which demands constant repair. We may say that the charismatic leaders compose a first generation; the stretcherbearers compose the following generations. Careerists, flatterers, disoriented people who need to earn a living are conditionally admitted to the “ship”, provided that they are endowed with a good enough psychopathic nucleus in their personalities.

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