Rosengarten - The Denial of Death - VBI 2010

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Delta Force K Lab/SDA Debate R OSENGARTEN T HE  D ENIAL   OF  D EATH VBI 2010 The Denial of Death “If we cannot accept death, can we really live?” – Paul Tillich “I don’t mind the idea of dying. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” –Woody Allen LINKS – PORNOGRAPHY OF DEATH/NECROGRAPHY. ............................................................................................................ 2 LINK – SPORTS ARE AN ESCAPE. .............................................................................................................................................. 3  LINK – “AMERICAHH! FUCK YEAH!” = DOD. ............................................................................................................................. 4 LINK, I/L – DEATH BECOMES SHAMEFUL   PORNOGRAPHIC. .............................................................................................. 5  [FUCKN’ EPIC] LINK – NECROGRAPHY = DOD [PSYCHOLOGICAL WARRANT FOR DISASTER PORN]. ........................... 6 LINK – EXTRINSIC VS EXISTENTIAL DEATH. ............................................................................................................................. 7 FRAMEWORK/? – DEATH IS SCARY. .......................................................................................................................................... 8 FRAMEWORK: PARADOX OF DEATH . ....................................................................................................................................... 9 IMPACT – ACCEPTANCE OF DEATH GOOD. ............................................................................................................................ 10 - 1 -
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Delta Force K Lab/SDA Debate R OSENGARTEN T HE  D ENIAL   OF  D EATH VBI 2010 LINKS – PORNOGRAPHY OF DEATH/NECROGRAPHY Death and sex have switched places – the Victorian [prudishness] our culture had  with sex has been exchanged with a current [prudishness] with death.  Alfred G. Killilea 1998. Book:  The politics of being mortal . Chapter 1: Death as a Paradox. University Press of Kentucky. pg   1 - 2.  http://bit.ly/da5qF3. Accessed 7/27/10 3:29 AM This denial is sometimes self-conscious and elaborate, as in the cryogenic freezing of bodies to be rehabilitated in th future, or the "tasteful" services at the Forest Lawn Cemetery Chapel, or the assigning of death and dying to professionals in nursing homes. hospitals, and funeral homes. Geoffrey Gorer has summarized o ur culture's attitude toward mortality [points] by pointing to "the pornography of death." He argues that where as our Victorian predecessors regarded death as a regular, frequent part of life but treated sex with delicacy and denial , magically finding babies under cabbages , we are casual and cavalier about sex but treat death with avoidance and magical explanations. - 2 -
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