Death, Stress, and Life Itself

  • W. G. Lawrence


The greatest tragedy that man has to live with is the fact that he must die. It is such an overwhelming tragedy that man strives to fabricate fictions of life which will circumvent this fact and its implications. Inevitably, in denying this tragic fact, he comes to deny other tragic aspects of his existence. Existentialist thinkers, however, have kept in mind the tragic elements of existence and the chance nature of life on earth: man, they argue, accidentally emerges “into existence which includes the brutal possibility that at any time, any place, and by any means, the life of an individual may be taken away for no apparent reason” (Feldman 1980, p. 52).


Death Anxiety Violent Death Deceased Person Industrial Culture Taboo Subject 
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