“We tend to be afraid of any knowledge that could cause us to despise ourselves or to make us feel inferior, weak, worthless, evil, shameful. We protect ourselves and our ideal image of ourselves by repression and similar defenses, which are essentially techniques by which we avoid becoming conscious of unpleasant or dangerous truths.”Ernest Becker in The Denial of Death
The threat of climate change fundamentally challenges our perceived power and superiority over nature. Could this explain the tenacity of climate change denier?
(Cover art by David Horsey in the Seattle Times 2018)