Hopefully Authentic

"He [Soren Kierkegaard] is intent on describing what we today call 'inauthentic' men, men who avoid developing their own uniqueness; they follow out the styles of automatic and uncritical living in which they were conditioned as children. They are 'inauthentic' in that they do not belong to themselves, are not 'their own' person, do not act from their own center, do not see reality on its terms; they are the one-dimensional men totally immersed in the fictional games being played in their society, unable to transcend their social conditioning; the corporation men in the West, the bureaucrats in the East, the tribal men locked up in tradition - man everywhere who doesn't understand what it means to think for himself and who, if he did, would shrink back at the idea of such audacity and exposure."

-Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death

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