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SIT 2S GHW) LOVE K fear of death Inc. fear of death Ine. Alternative: Forgiveness. alternative: Rethink. alternative: Rethink. Love solves all evils. Love solves fear love solves fear at: permutation. at permutations. lnk: representations of death asthe negation of ie link: speetacles of death. impact: fear of death fuels the death drive.. Impact: Ident no reason to fear deat death goo no value Co life. ‘ust change society. “ontology. preventing nuke war key fear of death solves value to life. fear of nuke war good. representations of violence good. love fails. loving kids leads to violence romantic love can’t solve... empty love can't solve. promiscuous love can’t solve indiseriminant love fails brotherly love fails. SDI2K5 GHM Love K FEAR OF DEATH INC ‘The Lae’s representation of death is a symptom of their fear of dying ~ depicting the world in this way makes us try (0 overcome our fear of death by aecepting it ~we love death in lieu of loving life bell hooks, 2000 (All About Love, p. 191-192) 0 Living in.a state of lovelessness we feel we might as well be dead; everything within us is silent and still. We are unmoved, "Soul murder” is the term psychoanalysts use to describe this state of living death. It echoes the biblical declaration that "anyone who does not know love is still in death.” Cultures of domination court death. Hence the ongoing fascination with violence, the false insistence that itis natural for the strong to prey upon the weak, for the more powerful to prey upon the powerless. In our culture the worship of death isso intense it stands in the way of Tove. ons ete Et Fram whet above iat vy we pve he ligemme Unntelow te wiouh ates pele ar vee il wince he Sethe enone no ong, yn arta anne ven ean ay Le ‘it wsonnon eel aprsion we cp ate opiate, Yet the reality that we will all de generates tremendous concem, fear, and worry. Tt may very well be thatthe worship of death, indicated by the constant spectacles of dying we watch on television screens daily, is one way ‘our culture tries to stil that fear, to conquer it, o make us comfortable. Writing about the meaning of death in contemporary culture Thomas Merton explains: "Psychoanalysis has taught us something about the death wish that pervades the modem world. We discover ‘our affluent society to be profoundly addicted to the love of death... ahs nsity hs mh myo esata am al wbnor he ni, oie ewes eign de ures nny elit edo eck wl Says dan de enor aie" Our cultural obsession wi death consumes energy that could be given to the art of loving. Images of death displace our fear instead of reducing it-to the other, the stranger, who we begin to view as a messenger of death bell hooks, 2000 (All About Love, p. 193-4) Ironically, the worship of death as a strategy for coping with our underlving fear of death's power does not truly give us solace. It is deeply anxiety producing. The more we watch spectacles of meaningless death , of random violence and cruelty, the more afiaid we become in our daily lives. We cannot embrace the stranger with love for we fear the stranger. We believe the stranger is a messenger ‘of death who wants our life. This irrational fear is an expression of madness if we think of madness as meaning we are out of touch ‘with reality. Even though we are more likely to be hurt by someone we know than a stranger, our fear is directed toward the unknown and the unfamiliar. That fear brings with it intense paranoia and a constant obsession with safety. The growing number of gated ‘communities in our nation is but one example of the obsession with safety. With guards at the gate, individuals still have bars and claborate internal security systems. Americans spend more than thirty billion dollars a year on security. When I have stayed with friends in these communities and inquired as to-whether all the security isin response to an actual danger Iam told “not really,” that it is the fear of threat rather than a seal threat that is the catalyst for an obsession with safety that borders on madness. SDI2Ks GHM Love K FEAR OF DEATH INC ion that the state can protect us from death gives it the ability to kill in order to save ~ this is the root eause of wars and Beres, Professor of International Law in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University, 1994 (Louis Rene, Arizona Journal of Intemational and Comparative Law, Spring, 1994, p. 13-14) The State requires its members tobe serviceable instruments, suppressing every glimmer of creativity and imagination in the interest ‘fa plastic mediocrity. Even pol Hoey within particular Sates dos nothing ic eeourage ppoiion o war ro genocide inter Sas, Since "patriotic self-sacrifice” is demanded even of "fee" peoples, the expectations of inter-State competition may include war and the mass killing of ather peoples. In the final analysis, war and genocide are made possible by the surrender of Self to the State. Given thatthe ‘tans ofilemational law are rendered impotent by Reslpoliik, this commitment salle power polics ssl an expression of control by theherd. Without ‘such control, individuals could discover authentic bases of personal value inside themselves, depriving the State ofits capacity to ‘make compses of others.