“Man’s very insides – his self – are foreign to him. He doesn’t know ..why he was born, what he is doing on the planet, ..what he can expect.

– The Denial of Death (1973)

His own existence is incomprehensible to him, a miracle just like the rest of creation, closer to him, right near his pounding heart, but for that reason all the more strange.”

— Ernest Becker, ibid.

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“first the subject’s alienation.., then the subject’s separation,..not the subject’s re-appropriation of the Other, but the separation of/in the Other itself” – so that the subject’s alienation from the Other is transposed into the Other itself, as its self-alienation.

– SLAVOJ ZIZEK