In his newest instalment from his Shots Of Awe video series, Jason Silva explores a quote by American cultural anthropologist and writer Ernest Becker (1924-1974).  “Man is literally split in two,” Becker once wrote.  “He has an awareness of his own splendid uniqueness in that he sticks out of nature with a towering majesty, and yet he goes back into the ground a few feet in order blindly and dumbly to rot and disappear forever.”  In his video entitled “Existential Bummer”, Jason Silva has an answer to how man deals with and counterbalances his knowledge that all things — including ourselves — will one day cease to be.  His view is that we do it by loving and feeling as much as we possibly can, as deeply as we possibly can.  To see all the videos from Jason Silva’s Shots Of Awe series be sure to visit  And for all things Jason Silva you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and visit Jason Silva on FEELguide



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