The Existential Dilemma, Heroism and The Denial of Death

“To emerge from nothing, to enjoy a name, self-awareness, deeply personal feelings, an irresistible longing for life and, even with all this, equal to die.” This is the dilemma of human existence of which Ernest Becker speaks in his magnanimous manifesto about the human condition, death and the tension that is generated when trying to align these two antagonistic lines of thought.

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