Quotes by Ernest Becker

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Ernest Becker (1924-1974). A cultural anthropologist, who did some important interdisciplinary work in his study of the psychology of evil. He is most well-known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning work "The Denial of Death", followed ...

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When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being.

For man, maximum excitement is the confrontation of death and the skillful defiance of it by watching others fed to it as he survives transfixed with rapture.