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Heroism: One of the reasons we felt alive

Heroism: One of the reasons we felt alive

Society has always been a symbolic action system. A structure of status and roles, customs and rules of behavior, designed to serve as a vehicle for earthy heroism. 

We care about ourselves above all else cuz we like to see ourselves as heroes to prove that we count in face of the void. This is measured by our self-worth. The motivating force behind narcissism. 

So we attach ourselves so firmly to the world of symbols of work, religion, social games, and so forth. 

Our denial of death and hero systems that emerge as defense allows us to justify great acts of evil. 

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The healthy person, the true individual, the self-realized soul... is the one who has transcended himself. 

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How does one transcend himself?

How does one transcend himself?

By realizing the truth of his situation, by dispelling the lie of his character, by breaking his spirit out of its condition in prison.

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The crisis with Mortality and Immortality

The crisis with Mortality and Immortality

Religions, Political Ideologies, and Sports Teams all provide us with sturdy hero systems where participation ensures symbolic immortality.

Religion may promise an afterlife allowing us to manage our death anxiety and continue to deny it.

The corporate success ladder tells us that fin...

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