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?