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The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s TV program airs on Monday 1:30 pm, Wednesday 5 pm, Thursday 9 pm and will air twelve times through the month. You and other people everywhere can watch it on TV or through our website, www.olympiafor.org, soon after it has debuted on TCTV.
by Glen Anderson, producer and host of this TV series
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For 29 ½ years the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation has been producing powerfully informative TV programs on important issues. You can watch our current program and more than 150 of our previous ones through the Olympia FOR’s website at your convenience even if you don’t watch our current program on TCTV cable channel 22 in Thurston County (Mondays 1:30 pm, Wednesdays 5:00 pm, Thursdays 9:00 pm).
Simply visit www.olympiafor.org, click the “TV Programs” link, and scroll down past the thorough description of the current month’s program. Previous programs are listed chronologically. Click the link for the program you want to watch. Also, next to each program’s link is a link to a thorough description of the program that you can read by clicking the “Word” or “pdf” link. You can watch more than 150 programs through www.olympiafor.org.
November 2016 “Social and Political Implications of Death Anxiety”
The Olympia FOR’s November 2016 TV program looks at the human condition – and at some of our social and political realities – from an unusual perspective. People’s awareness of their eventual deaths – even subconsciously – influence their behavior in surprising ways. Empirical research proves this.
Our program interviews Greg Bennick, an internationally respected expert on the topic, which arose from the work of cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker. Greg Bennick co-produced a feature-length documentary film on the topic of this interview; Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Ernest Becker Foundation, www.ernestbecker.org.
Ernest Becker said this in his book The Denial of Death:
1. “All human action is taken to ignore or avoid the anxiety generated by the inevitability of death.”
2. “The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity – activity designed to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it in some way that it is the final destiny for man.”
People working with Ernest Becker’s ideas developed what they call “Terror Management Theory.” We want to live, but we know we will die. This conflict produces terror, so people manage that terror by embracing cultural values or symbolic systems that give meaning and value to our lives. People are afraid not only that our lives will not be long enough, but also not significant enough. We cope with this “death anxiety” by trying to give meaning to our lives. Much of that comes through caring for children and grandchildren, and by adopting powerful parts of our culture (nationalism, religion, focusing on our occupational careers, etc.).
Humans create cultural systems, nationalism, religion, etc., and trust them to provide some kind of immortality by letting us believe in things bigger than ourselves. Every society creates systems that manage the society in light of death anxiety. These are ways to make us feel better about ourselves – that we are cheating death. We create culture to help us connect with a greater truth that we can agree on. But when another person or group challenges our cultural systems, we feel threatened and tend to react against that person or group. Worldwide, over thousands of years, countless millions of people have died be-cause of people’s attachment to their country or their religion in opposition to others.
The interview provides great insights into nationalism, war, racism, religious intolerance, and political candidates’ campaigns. See a thorough summary of the interview at the Word document posted next to watching the November 2016 TV program at the “TV Programs” part of www.olympiafor.org
Questions? Contact Glen Anderson, the Olympia FOR TV series’ producer/host at (360) 491-9093 firstname.lastname@example.org
This program will air on TCTV channel 22 for cable subscribers in Thurston County:
-- Every MONDAY at 1:30 pm
-- Every WEDNESDAY at 5:00 pm
-- Every THURSDAY at 9:00 pm
Sometimes we produce special programs. These air on TCTV at various dates and times.
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