How Our Dreams of Death Transcendence Breed Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Conflict

Terror Management Theory

Authored by: Jeff Greenberg , Mark Landau , Spee Kosloff , Sheldon Solomon

Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination

Print publication date:  February  2009
Online publication date:  February  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805859522
eBook ISBN: 9781841697772
Adobe ISBN: 9781136642708

10.4324/9781841697772.ch15

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Abstract

Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.

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