The Monsters We Create

We all believe in monsters. Anthropologist David E. Jones, for example, pinpoints the etiology of dragons, which appear in cultural mythologies all around the globe, in the human mind’s “innate fear of predators.” To borrow from the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach, humans project themselves onto mysterious others: “Consciousness of God is self-consciousness, knowledge of God is self-knowledge.” Feuerbach was more concerned with the human creation of the divine, but his analysis is true of the monstrous: humans create monsters to believe in. 

We must first learn to recognize the monsters we create.

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