We may have made astounding progress economically, socially and technologically speaking, but deep down, deep deep down we are still as scared as our forefathers, only less amazed and amused by the universe."Man cannot endure his own littleness unless he can translate it into meaningfulness on the largest possible level." "Man is literally split in two: he has an awareness of his own splendid uniqueness in that he sticks out of nature with a towering majesty, and yet he goes back into the ground a few feet in order blindly and dumbly to rot and disappear forever."
Ernest Becker in his Pulitzer-winning essay,' The Denial of Death ' touches upon this subject, while postulating his theory on the general condition of humankind. This is the second article I am writing by keeping this book as the reference ( Read why high self-awareness can be a double-edged sword). Last time around I did not sum up the central idea that Becker proposed through his essay. His theory stated that whatever we do in our life is a defense mechanism against our realization that we are mortals; that we are going to disappear into nothingness one fine day. We are the only animals on this planet that is aware and more importantly understand the concept of death. How scary would it be for such a creature that knows it ultimate fate to live without a defense mechanism? A defense mechanism to counter this constant reminder of its poignant fate
Human beings capacity to hurt others in a ghastly fashion never ceases to amaze me. When you see the horrific visuals of the holocaust or the massacre of innocent people in Nigeria by Boko Haram, you are left wondering as to how someone can stoop so low. Why do these people participating in such morally and logically appalling acts show no remorse? Worse, how can they take pride in their action? ...[Continue reading on MAGIC MUSHROOM FACTORY]