POSSESSION AND LOSS: AN EXISTENTIAL FAILURE
- Presented by: Gianfranco Buffardi
- Synopsis: The topic covered by this report is typically a topic in which existential analysis crosses cultural anthropology. It deals with how the transformation of sexual behavior in social evolution has an impact on the existential anxieties of the individual linked to love.
At the base there is the hypothesis of the transformation of sexual behaviour, promiscuous in the first tribes of hominids, into the typical "sexophobic" behaviour of settled communities, due to the need to "harness" the female to sexual exclusivity with only one male, (for the certainty of offspring). Sexophobia as an ethical rule, without however completely silencing the system of sexual appeal produced by individuals for all those who would have been the partners of the disappeared tribal group, now only archetypal memory. The existential conflict between the need for exclusivity and the propensity for sexual appeal, no longer the boundaries of the tribe and amplified by the media as they develop, becomes universal and requires increasingly complex prohibitions. Thus, many human passions are generated and cause damage: jealousy, possession, aggression, anger, lust, all attributable to the prohibitionist matrix. In the individual who suffers and struggles with these passions, a sense of loss develops which becomes existential anguish. Thus, an existential analytical picture of profound individual phenomena of possession and loss appears.