Becker's Paradox

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  1. Shogun

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    I don't know a ton about this dude or his work. I couldn't find much, which weird in these internet days, but whatever....the point is interesting, I think, and one I haven't really considered before.

    Ernest Becker - Wikipedia

    The italics are mine. It's an interesting (and probably apt) take on Capitalism, and what it is doing to us.

    I guess the real question is: can we move beyond this "hero system of unrestrained material production"? From the opposite perspective, can we move beyond this hero system of unrestrained consumption?
     
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    There are a lot of points being made in just that single quote that don't appear to be mutually exclusive. In regards to your question on "unrestrained material production", what we know as capitalism, is just symbolic of man's innate flaw to chase the "something" that is missing. For this cycle of man, its material goods, in past cycles it has been dominion and its expansion, then knowledge and information in others. My answer would be no, during this cycle capitalism will destroy man and through future cycles man's measure of wealth and accumulation will do the same.
     
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    I guess the overly optimistic view would be that eventually this cycle will give way to one wherein people find "heroism" in something that isnt destructive to the planet or other humans.
     
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    It’s all part of the journey to post scarcity:manny:

    ...should be embraced not resisted.
     
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    I'm starting to think scarcity might be more suitable to our mental health.
    Pretty much all other animals live in the context of scarcity.
    Seems far more natural than abundance.


    “I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.” –Wittgenstein
     
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