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Primal Fears Explored with Humanity’s Oldest Story as Our Guide – The Epic of Gilgamesh
September 27, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PDT
Humanity’s most primal fear is the fear of death. The desire to escape physical death is a fundamental fact of human existence. Recent technological advancements in medicine and robotics have made the ability to live forever a much more tantalizing possibility. In this lecture and workshop, we will explore the meaning of this primal fear and fundamental yearning, using humanity’s oldest story, The Epic of Gilgamesh, as our guide. This story from ancient Iraq tells of the exploits of mighty King Gilgamesh whose fear of physical death compelled him to seek out a legendary figure considered to be the only human granted immortality by the gods. Gilgamesh’s exploits reflect enduring truths about our fears and desires and suggest how we can better prepare for life’s ultimate goal. During the Friday lecture, we will discuss the contemporary search for immortality and sketch the elements of the Gilgamesh story. On Saturday, we will use lecture and discussion to explore the roots of our own yearning for immortality with the Gilgamesh story as a valuable guide.
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JIM KLINE, PH.D., is a graduate of Saybrook University’s Jungian Studies Specialization Program, which is affiliated with the Jung Center of Houston. He has published articles on zombies, the cult of Orpheus, and archetypal elements in silent film comedy. He currently teaches for Pacifica Graduate Institute in its Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life Program. Most recently, he served as Chair of the Languages and Humanities Department of Northern Marianas College.