Furthering Becker's Legacies in 2017
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Jean Lipman-Blumen on the Appeal of Toxic Leaders
Jean Lipman-Blumen used Ernest Becker’s ideas to explain why we often make unfortunate choices when selecting our leaders. In uncertain times, a charismatic leader offering a bold solution to pressing problems may be particularly welcome, because such seemingly larger-than-life leaders soothe existential anxieties by giving us a sense that we are part of a noble and enduring cause.
Becker and Suicide
Hi Dan, how would Becker explain suicide?
First, it’s important to recognize that suicide is not all one thing. For example, when a Buddhist monk publicly self immolates to protest the American policy in Vietnam that is a suicide closely connected to “meaning in life” issues – in these cases, one’s own suicide affirms the symbolic meaning that is larger than one’s own life.