Last Updated on June 30, 2021

The Denial of Death

I just started reading Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death and I’m currently obsessed with it. It’s one of the most interesting philosophical works I’ve ever read. I’m already posting about it and I am not even half way through.

The irony of man’s condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.

Man cannot endure his own littleness unless he can translate it into meaningfulness on the largest possible level.