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My Paternal (left) and maternal (right) Grandfathers. Strange.
Who knows :)
Crazy. I went to American University for my freshman year of college, back in the fall of 2000! Then I transferred to University of Miami in 2001.
Happy Father's Day. Here's some reflections by Ernest Becker: Becker/Maslow: ON THE FEAR OF BEING FULLY ALIVE? Asa
if the basic quality of heroism is genuine courage, why are so few people truly courageous?
Becker explores this curious problem by looking at the work of Abraham Maslow.
Maslow used a broad humanistic perspective in his work, and he liked to talk about concepts like “actualizing one’s potential” and one’s “full humanness.” He saw these as natural developmental urges and wondered what holds them up, what blocks them. He answered the question in existential language, using terms like the “fear of one’s own greatness” and the “evasion of one’s destiny.” This approach throws a new light on the problem of courage. In his words: “We fear our highest possibility (as well as our lowest ones). We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments…. We enjoy and even thrill to the godlike possibilities we see in ourselves in such peak moments. And yet we simultaneously shiver with weakness, awe and fear before these very same possibilities.” Maslow used an apt term for this evasion of growth, this fear of realizing one’s own fullest powers. He called it the “Jonah Syndrome.” He understood the syndrome as the evasion of the full intensity of life: We are just not strong enough to endure more! It is just too shaking and wearing. So often people in… ecstatic moments say, “It’s too much,” or “I can’t stand it,” or “I could die”…. Delirious happiness cannot be borne for long. Our organisms are just too weak for any large doses of greatness…. The Jonah Syndrome, then, seen from this basic point of view, is “partly a justified fear of being torn apart, of losing control, of being shattered and disintegrated, even of being killed by the experience.” And the result of this syndrome is what we would expect a weak organism to do: to cut back the full intensity of life: For some people this evasion of one’s own growth, setting low levels of aspiration, the fear of doing what one is capable of doing, voluntary self-crippling, pseudo-stupidity, mock-humility are in fact defenses against grandiosity… It all boils down
Clip of my convo w Neal Tyson, with cameo by @c_albert in the back!