The Beckerian Braid: The First Strand

Escape from Evil

The Beckerian Braid: The First Strand

“Becker’s philosophy as it emerges in Denial of Death and Escape from Evil is a braid woven from four strands.
The first strand. The world is terrifying. To say the least, Becker’s account of nature has little in common with Walt Disney. Mother Nature is a brutal bitch, red in tooth and claw, who destroys what she creates. We, he says, in a creation in which the routine activity for organisms is ‘tearing others apart with teeth of all types – biting, grinding flesh, plant stalks, bones between molars, pushing the pulp greedily down the gullet with delight, incorporating its essence into one’s own organization, and the excreting foul stench and gasses the residue.'” – Sam Keen

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