Quote Originally Posted by Captain Con O'Sullivan View Post
Your man Sebastian Faulks got an honorary doctorate from the Institute of Psychology for his tremendous essay on the theory that mental illness, schizophrenia in the human mind developed alongside the ability for speech.

The book was 'Human Traces'and it is indeed a mighty riff on the human condition about half way through the novel which is great in its own right.

If he is right and there is clearly a body of professional opinion that agrees with him then would we not have developed a sub-category of schizophrenia or some sort of debilitating stutter psychologically with the splitting of mind, thought and language.
Sounds like a fascinating essay. Must check it out sometime.

I wonder if there are similar traits in other countries that have a similar past... Scotland?

The above posts on the lack of national unity is very interesting. It's amazing how united can be at the local (parish level). Most GAA people I know would sooner win a club all Ireland than a county all Ireland title. We've all seen how parishes can rally round someone in need be it fund raising for someone with illness or helping those who have had a tragic bereavement but when it comes to pulling together at a national level we fall flat on out faces. It seems that other countries have a much more solid togetherness and sense of nationality. However, remarkably, Ireland has had a longer sense of national identity, in whatever form, than many modern European states, including Britain. The notion of a High Kingship of Ireland well pre-dates the Norman invasion. Although there was a lot of in-fighting, culturally we were remarkably cohesive. The island shared the same language, music, peculiarly monastic church structure (before the bishops took hold), and law code. It's the strange paradox of Ireland.