The Olympics as “Existential Narcotic”: How Michael Phelps Represses Our Fear of Death

What do Michael Phelps, the new “Fab Five” and the U.S. men’s basketball team all have in common? They all help us suppress (and repress) our existential anxieties: Our unsettling, subconscious realization of finitude, our fear of death, and our fear of the cultural “other.” It’s been interesting reading through Richard Beck’s The Authenticity of Faith during these [Read More...]


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