Our society unwittingly gave us–among many other things– the most paradoxical gift of all: a confusion about heroism. Human beings are naturally anxious because we are ultimately helpless and abandoned in a world where we are fated to die. Since the terror of death is so overwhelming we conspire to keep it unconscious. We defend our natural impotence by creating a hero system that allows us to believe that we transcend death by participating in something of lasting worth. We achieve ersatz immortality by sacrificing ourselves for a timeless cause.1
“One of the history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations” – Yuval Noah
Our tools simplify our lives. We design the world with these tools. The world we create ends up designing us. We shape the world and world shapes us. It’s a feedback loop that started from the first time we held a stick to reach a fruit on a really high tree. Since then we have used tools to constantly redefine the boundaries of who and what we are. Today, creating a portrait of a contemporary man, without a hint of wart in the pocket suggesting a cell phone is unrealistic.