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There is an enemy; what shall I do? Fight or flight; attack or run hard. Not sit down peaceably and enjoy the view. It is therefore a psychological law that if you see finiteness is intolerable, you can no longer do things which are not sufficiently intense to constitute a reaction to what you have seen. * Some quotations from Tillich, with comments. The walls of distance, in time and space, have been removed by technical progress; but the walls of estrangement between heart and heart have been incredibly strengthened .

1 Applying the existential criterion: what reactions to suffering are compatible with the existential perception? Well, in the first place, not dishonest ones. e. that which is there) cannot co-exist with a disinterest in facts; I include psychological facts. Now it is a psychological fact that most people, confronted with the possibility of death by plague, would find the prospect of their own suffering more directly disturbing than that of any child's or adult's. It is merely being socially acceptable to pretend that the most harrowing thing in the situation is not your own suffering, but a child's.

By the time they reach the operative age, society will have conditioned into them many attitudes which will preclude any possibility of that. 66 CHAPTER 10 Fiction In view of the facts of the situation, how do people live? The contents of their minds are unimaginable. But after a time one arrives at the conclusion that, whatever these contents may be, they certainly include a belief in their own survival of death. The fact that everyone emotionally believes this is entirely independent of any views on the matter which they may openly profess.

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