/11 as a Collective Trauma
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The monstrous attack of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington has — in Freud's words (1930) — once again demonstrated to the entire world how difficult it is for »the human species« to overcome »the disturbance of their communal life by the human instinct of aggression and self-destruction« (p. 111). However, Freud's hypothesis regarding aggression, self-annihilation, or the death instinct must not be truncated to a mono-causal interpretation of destructive action as though the terrorist act against the
World Trade Center could be »conceptualized,« explained, or understood simply by reference to aggressive-destructive human instincts.