Why Does Evil Exist in the World?

alex atkins bookshelf quotations“The root of humanly caused evil is not man’s animal nature, not territorial aggression, or innate selfishness, but our need to gain self-esteem, deny our mortality, and achieve a heroic self-image. Our desire for the best is [paradoxically] the cause of the worst.”

Sam Keen — American author, philosopher, and former contributing editor at Psychology Today — from his foreword to Ernest Becker’s seminal work, The Denial of Death, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 1974.

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