Modern culture is obsessed by ageing and mortality, the Archbishop of Canterbury said in his Easter address.
Dr Rowan Williams said people should 'make sense of their limits'
Dr Rowan Williams said the message of Easter offered hope to a world where there is "fear or even disgust at growing old".
In his sermon at Canterbury Cathedral he told the congregation a healthy environment is where people make sense of life's limits and accidents.
People will find life by letting go of their "protected" selves, he said.
"Quite a lot of our contemporary culture is actually shot through with a resentment of limits and the passage of time, anger at what we can't do, fear or even disgust at growing old," the archbishop said.
Dr Williams related false expectations to current global problems such as security and pollution.
"A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us," he said.
He said an "unhealthy" environment was one where people look for "someone to blame and someone to compensate us, and struggle to maintain fictions of our invulnerability to time and change".
The archbishop said the message of Easter offered a new vision of life by proclaiming that "we shall not find life by refusing to let go of our precious, protected selves".