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The Law Is Arbitrary But Necessary What we are concerned with then is a number of prohibitions to which these primitive races are subjected These prohibitions are mainly directed against liberty of enjoyment and against freedom of movement and communication Behind all these prohibitions there seems to be something in the nature of a theory that they are necessary because These quotes of Sigmund Freud state that the law is arbitrary but it is also necessary But it is better first to examine and define couple of jargons and terms which Freud uses in his book in order to better understand the topic We can start by making the definition of taboo According to Freud the meaning of this word depart into two opposing directions In a way it is referred to sacred consecrated holy in another way it is referred to uncanny strange dangerous forbidden unclean But the exact definition of taboo for Freud is like this Taboo is a primaeval prohibitionforcibly imposed by some authority from outside and directed against the most powerful longins to which human beings are subject According to him taboo restrictions are separate from religious or moral prohibitions in terms of their bases as they are not based upon any divine regulations Also he differs them from moral prohibitions by the idea that they fall into no system that proclaims generally that certain absorptions must be observed When we analyze the objects of taboo we realize that they are many We see also that the taboos attaching to the breakers of the taboos which Freud names them as enemies the rulers in the society which Freud name them as rulers and finally the rest of the society Then Freud deals with the situation in which the violation of a taboo results According to him the punishment for the violation of a taboo was no doubt originally left to an
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