Aff Updates - Varsity
Bentley Madi Mario
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Speaking about death and war is the only way to ensure human survival.
It leads to
anxiety which causes self-preservation.
Louis Rene Beres (Ph.D. Prinction University, writer of International relations) 1996 “No Fear, No Trembling Israel, Death and the Meaning of
Fear of death, the ultimate source of anxiety, is essential to human survival
. This is true not only for individuals,
but also for states. Without such fear, states will exhibit an incapacity to confront nonbeing that can hasten their
. So it is today with the State of Israel.
Israel suffers acutely from insufficient existential dread. Refusing to
tremble before the growing prospect of collective disintegration - a forseeable prospect connected with both genocide
and war - this state is now unable to take the necessary steps toward collective survival
. What is more, because
death is the
one fact of life which is not relative but absolute,
Israel's blithe unawareness of its national mortality deprives its still living days of essential
absoluteness and growth.
For states, just as for individuals, confronting death can give the most positive reality to life itself.
In this respect, a cultivated awareness of nonbeing is central to each state's pattern of potentialities as well as to its
When a state chooses to block off such an awareness,
a choice currently made by the State of Israel,
possibly forever, the altogether critical benefits of "anxiety."
There is, of course, a distinctly ironic resonance to this argument.
after all, is generally taken as a negative, as a liability that cripples rather than enhances life. But anxiety is not
something we "have." It is something we
(states and individuals)
It is true, to be sure, that anxiety, at the onset of psychosis, can lead
individuals to experience literally the threat of self-dissolution, but this is, by definition, not a problem for states.
Anxiety stems from the awareness
that existence can actually be destroyed, that one can actually become nothing.
An ontological characteristic, it has been
commonly called Angst, a word related to anguish (which comes from the Latin angustus, "narrow," which in turn comes from angere, "to choke.") Herein lies the
relevant idea of birth trauma as the prototype of all anxiety, as "pain in narrows" through the "choking" straits of birth. Kierkegaard identified anxiety as "the
dizziness of freedom," adding: "Anxiety is the reality of freedom as a potentiality before this freedom has materialized."
This brings us back to Israel.
individuals and states may surrender freedom in the hope of ridding themselves of an unbearable anxiety. Regarding
states, such surrender can lead to a rampant and delirious collectivism which stamps out all political opposition.