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  • J. shared from The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
    The urge to heroism is natural, and to admit it honest. For everyone to admit it would probably release such pent-up force as to be devastating to societies as they now are. The fact is that this is what society is and always has been: a symbolic action system, a structure of statuses and roles, customs and rules for behavior, designed to serve as a vehicle for earthly heroism.
    Note: wow speechless
  • J. shared from The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
    In times such as ours there is a great pressure to come up with concepts that help men understand their dilemma; there is an urge toward vital ideas, toward a simplification of needless intellectual complexity. Sometimes this makes for big lies that resolve tensions and make it easy for action to move forward with just the rationalizations that people need. But it also makes for the slow disengagement of truths that help men get a grip on what is happening to them, that tell them where the problems really are.
    Note: Dumbing down ideas.
  • J. shared from The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
    The problem is to find the truth underneath the exaggeration, to cut away the excess elaboration or distortion and include that truth where it fits.
    Note: Point 1
  • J. shared from The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
    I have had the growing realization over the past few years that the problem of man’s knowledge is not to oppose and to demolish opposing views, but to include them in a larger theoretical structure. One of the ironies of the creative process is that it partly cripples itself in order to function.
    Note: Creativity vs Sides
  • J. shared from a Personal Document
    “our solace, our sedative: consumerism is the opiate of the masses.”
    Note: Radical revolt
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J. Barton