Ernest Becker, Denial of Death and Magic

Why are Jews so sneaky? Does that question beg an answer? This depends on your stance on the Jew question. Either you’ve already agreed that Jews are sneaky or the thought police is telling you to stop reading this blog. Let us pretend truth is your first and only concern, this makes writing easier for me.

The best book I’ve ever read is Denial of Death, by (((Ernest Becker))). I read it because I was into Mark Manson and the Rawness and they discussed it on a podcast. Denial of Death made a big impression on me. I never read anything like Becker’s psychological analysis of man before. Basically the book was about fear of death as the driving impulse of mankind. Nature is blood red in tooth and claw and man is uncertain of anything, except his death. We are caught between animals and gods (‘gods with anuses’) and in our entrapment we embark on a causa sui project to attain immortality. Among many topics Becker discussed art, depression, psychosis and hero worship. Becker was also the first to explain Freud in a way that made sense to me (Becker’s explanation: replace sex with death). Becker concluded that since we are all in denial about death anyway, we better just make the best of what we have got. You want to be a Christian? Be a Christian.

So what is the problem with this book? Is there even a problem at all? I mean the message is hopeful right? Denial of Death shows immense insight into the psychology of mankind. Well, yes. But one does not exclude the other: a book can be both insightful and subversive. Ask Marx.

The point I will try to make is that often in order to solve a puzzle you have to reach behind the puzzle as opposed to talk to the puzzle. Essentially you work on the basis of assumptions and you test for each assumption. You might assume that Ernest Becker has all the best of intentions. Similarly you might assume that Ernest Becker is subversive. On the individual level both assumptions can be held since individuals believe all kinds of stupid stuff. None the less truth is truth, which means that factually only one of these assumptions can be correct. We cannot prove everything. Many things in life are unfalsifiable. The Jews seem to be very proficient at constructing unfalsifiable realities. Ernest Becker’s book is brilliant. It is also unfalsifiable. Death is simply a metaphor Becker uses to explain the complexity of life. Freud did the same with sex. Christianity did the same with God. So really Becker is not saying anything new. He is just repeating old unfalsifiable versions of reality.

The assumption is that Jews have been selected for a natural talent to verbally explain life. I am reminded of (((Vicktor Frankl’s))) Man’s Search for Meaning or this (((random rabbi))) on the internet:

This is their talent. But I have grown skeptical of their motives. Blame the black pill. Gnon whispers me to stop being a sucker.

 

Edit: Jim Jim Jim – http://blog.jim.com/culture/heartiste-addresses-the-jewish-question/

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