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The two human instincts are erotic and aggressive In Why War Sigmund Freud discusses the two human instincts that lead to war The aggressive instinct is the block from which the erotic instinct has been built If one was to take away the aggressive instinct the erotic instinct would fall with it Erotic comes directly from Plato who uses it to mean sexuality Aggressive represents those people who seek to destroy and kill Both instincts are of equal importance Of the two instincts the erotic instinct is the one that people tend to acknowledge the most People want to hide the aggressive instinct and pretend it doesnt exist Humans want to pretend that the world is full of love and hatred doesnt exist No matter how people recognize these instincts they are in everyone The erotic and aggressive instincts are only a fancier way to label love versus hate The instinct of self-preservation is irrefutably of an erotic nature When people go to war they are fighting because of their instinct of self-preservation This is of an erotic nature because it represents ones love for oneself and what one belongs to People fight to preserve what they love and hold true When a country fights in a war they are acting upon both instincts What gets them into the war is their erotic instinct which tells them to protect their country and themselves Along the way the aggressive instinct tells them to hate their opposition for trying to take away their life and liberty The two instincts are an integral part of war Although the aggressive instinct is not very popular it is very important to human nature Humans have the aggressive instinct innately programed in them The erotic and aggressive instincts balance each other out The aggressive instinct is a death instinct while the erotic instinct is the effort to live Both are equally involved in war In war time the aggressive instinct
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