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The late Ernest Becker wrote on this topic, noted for his 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial of Death.

"Becker came to believe that individuals' characters are essentially formed around the process of denying their own mortality, that this denial is necessary for us to function in the world, and that this character-armor prevents genuine self-knowledge. Much of the evil in the world, he believed, was a consequence of this need to deny death."

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 10:08:16 UTC | #936230