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Post by stilltrucking » September 25th, 2006, 11:36 pm

The Denial of Death Ernest- Becker


Psychology and Religion:
What Is The Heroic Individual?


If there is any science man really needs it is the
the one I teach, of how to occupy properly that
place in creation that is assigned to man, and how
to learn from it what one must be
in order to be a man.
~Immanuel Kant

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Keirkegaard had his own formula for what it means to be a man. He put it forth in those superb pages wherein he describes what he calls "the knight of faith"

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The Limits of Human Nature

In our earlier discussion of what is possible for man, we said that a person is stuck with his character, that he can't evolve beyond it or without it. If there is a limit to what man can be; we now also must conclude that there is a limit even to what religious therapy can do for him. But the psychotherapeutic religionists are claiming just the opposite: that the life force can miraculously emerge from nature, can transcend the body it uses as a vehicle for the emergence of something totally new, a vehicle, that can be transcended by a new form of human life. Many of leading figures in modern thought slip into some such mystique, some eschatology of immanence in which the insides of nature will erupt in a new being, Jung wrote such an argument in his Answer to Job; the answer to the laments of Job was that man's condition would not always be the same because a new man would break out of the womb of creation. Erich Fromm once lamented (33) That is a wonder that more people not insane, since life is such a terrible burden; and then he went on to write a book with the title: You Shall be as Gods. Gods verging on insanity one must assume.

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