The huge wars of the early 20th century sent soldiers back in the tens of millions to a society with routine work, conventionally routinized norms, and given ideas of public and private life, including private suffering. During the Vietnam War this changed, and the so-called heroes went back to a post-heroic life. Since the 1970’s people have had to deal with self-development, self-realization, competence innovation and an organizational culture where they have to sell themselves as coherent images of successful people with CVs and life trajectories to be told as decent biographies. Accordingly, the soldiers and their victims are still more traumatized. The fight continues when they come back, and often it becomes still worse when the physically and psychically disabled are squeezed between disconnected welfare systems, turning their lives into protracted suffering. Wars take about three generations to end. The humane and financial costs continue to veterans’ children and close relatives, and if entire regions have suffered from wars, the grandchildren have no way of escaping the traumas and become traumatized themselves. In Eastern Europe that has been the case, especially in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, the three countries that suffered the most from wars in the 20th century, even more than Cambodia, Vietnam and Rwanda. According to more recent and accurate research, probably about 45 million people died in the Soviet Union due to the Second World War, and about 20 million starved to death since Ukraine, taken by the Nazis, was the breadbasket of the Soviet Union (Sokolov 2009; Collingham 2012).
Here I will stop in order that I may recapitulate the results of theanalysis of the dream. By following the associations which were linkedto the single elements of the dream torn from their context, I have beenled to a series of thoughts and reminiscences where I am bound torecognize interesting expressions of my psychical life. The matteryielded by an analysis of the dream stands in intimate relationship withthe dream content, but this relationship is sospecial that I should never have been able to have inferred the newdiscoveries directly from the dream itself. The dream was passionless,disconnected, and unintelligible. During the time that I am unfoldingthe thoughts at the back of the dream I feel intense and well-groundedemotions. The thoughts themselves fit beautifully together into chainslogically bound together with certain central ideas which ever repeatthemselves. Such ideas not represented in the dream itself are in thisinstance the antitheses . I could draw closer the threads of the web which analysis hasdisclosed, and would then be able to show how they all run together intoa single knot; I am debarred from making this work public byconsiderations of a private, not of a scientific, nature. After havingcleared up many things which I do not willingly acknowledge as mine, Ishould have much to reveal which had better remain my secret. Why, then,do not I choose another dream whose analysis would be more suitable forpublication, so that I could awaken a fairer conviction of the sense andcohesion of the results disclosed by analysis? The answer is, becauseevery dream which I investigate leads to the same difficulties andplaces me under the same need of discretion; nor should I forgo this difficulty any the more were I to analyze thedream of some one else. That could only be done when opportunity allowedall concealment to be dropped without injury to those who trustedme.
In the essay "Dearly Disconnected" by Ian Frazier, the author describes the cell phone as an object that will take out the payphones, increase human contact and decrease privacy.