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To some this is the cruelest of all the basic fears.


The reason is obvious. The terrible pangs of fear associated with the thought of death, in the majority of cases,

may be charged directly to religious fanaticism. So-called “heathen” are less
afraid of death than the more “civilized.” For hundreds of millions of years man
has been asking the still unanswered questions, “whence” and “whither.”
Where did I come from, and where am I going? During the darker ages of the
past, the more cunning and crafty were not slow to offer the answer to these questions,
FOR A PRICE. Witness, now, the major source of origin of the FEAR OF
“Come into my tent, embrace my faith, accept my dogmas, and I will give you a
ticket that will admit you straightaway into heaven when you die,” cries a leader
of sectarianism. “Remain out of my tent,” says the same leader, “and may the
devil take you and burn you throughout eternity.”
ETERNITY is a long time. FIRE is a terrible thing. The thought of eternal punishment,
with fire, not only causes man to fear death, it often causes him to lose his
reason. It destroys interest in life and makes happiness impossible.
During my research, I reviewed a book entitled “A Catalogue of the Gods,” in
which were listed the 30,000 gods which man has worshiped. Think of it! Thirty
thousand of them, represented by everything from a crawfish to a man. It is little
wonder that men have become frightened at the approach of death.
While the religious leader may not be able to provide safe conduct into heaven,
nor, by lack of such provision, allow the unfortunate to descend into hell, the possibility
of the latter seems so terrible that the very thought of it lays hold of the
imagination in such a realistic way that it paralyzes reason, and sets up the fear
of death.
In truth, NO MAN KNOWS, and no man has ever known, what heaven or hell
is like, nor does any man know if either place actually exists. This very lack of
positive knowledge opens the door of the human mind to the charlatan so he may
enter and control that mind with his stock of legerdemain and various brands of
pious fraud and trickery.
The fear of DEATH is not as common now as it was during the age when there
were no great colleges and universities. Men of science have turned the spotlight
of truth upon the world, and this truth is rapidly freeing men and women from
this terrible fear of DEATH. The young men and young women who attend the
colleges and universities are not easily impressed by “fire” and “brimstone.”
Through the aid of biology, astronomy, geology, and other related sciences, the
fears of the dark ages which gripped the minds of men and destroyed their reason
have been dispelled.
Insane asylums are filled with men and women who have gone mad, because of
This fear is useless. Death will come, no matter what anyone may think about
it. Accept it as a necessity, and pass the thought out of your mind. It must be a,
necessity, or it would not come to all. Perhaps it is not as bad as it has been pictured.
The entire world is made up of only two things, ENERGY and MATTER. In elementary
physics we learn that neither matter nor energy (the only two realities
known to man) can be created nor destroyed. Both matter and energy can be
transformed, but neither can be destroyed.
Life is energy, if it is anything. If neither energy nor matter can be destroyed, of
course life cannot be destroyed. Life, like other forms of energy, may be passed
through various processes of transition, or change, but it cannot be destroyed.
Death is mere transition.
If death is not mere change, or transition, then nothing comes after death except
a long, eternal, peaceful sleep, and sleep is nothing to be feared. Thus you may
wipe out, forever, the fear of Death.
The general symptoms of this fear are:-
The habit of THINKING about dying instead of making the most of LIFE, due,
generally, to lack of purpose, or lack of a suitable occupation. This fear is more
prevalent among the aged, but sometimes the more youthful are victims of it.
The greatest of all remedies for the fear of death is a BURNING DESIRE FOR
ACHIEVEMENT, backed by useful service to others. A busy person seldom has
time to think about dying. He finds life too thrilling to worry about death. Sometimes
the fear of death is closely associated with the Fear of Poverty, where one’s
death would leave loved ones poverty-stricken. In other cases, the fear of death is
caused by illness and the consequent breaking down of physical body resistance.
The commonest causes of the fear of death are: ill-health, poverty, lack of appropriate
occupation, disappointment over love, insanity, religious fanaticism.

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