Sunday, March 22, 2009


In order to unwrap the idea of a Hero, our guide Ernest Becker brings us to the concept of Narcissism. It is funny how we keep finding ourselves back at the Greeks. Freud showed us how we repeat the tragedy of self absorption from antiquity.

Becker quotes Aristotle's definition of luck as when the arrow hits the other guy.

As Becker puts it:
Narcissism is what keeps men marching into point-blank fire in wars

Man's animal nature overrides his ability to help his selfishness. His narcissism becomes inseparable from how he sees himself and develops his sense of worth.

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