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The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
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Oct 31, 10

bookshelves: philosophy, essentials
Recommended to J. by: film: "Flight from Death"
Recommended for: every living person
Read from October 11 to 29, 2010, read count: 1

Absolutely amazing. Reading this is more healing, I feel, than any of the usual holy texts. Becker takes on the fundamental intellectual challenge of the human race and serves by his synthesis and analysis of the predominant viewpoints to help us understand our repression of death and its connection to both human creativity and evil. It speaks to a drive which pervades history and culture. Leaning heavily on the work of Otto Rank, this considers the many immortality systems offered to transmute that fear of death and how we might move beyond them. I don't want to say any more or 'spoil' the lessons. Basically any thinking human, any of the vast numbers of neurotic people out there should read this book.

Which is illusion, or foolishness, or quest or faith is best for you? Make your own apotheosis.

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