The Fear of Death

“The conquest of the fear of death is the recovery of life’s joy. One can experience an unconditional affirmation of life only when one has accepted death, not as contrary to life, but as an aspect of life. Life in its becoming is always shedding death, and on the point of death. The conquest of fear yields the courage of life.” – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
The fear of death is the most common fear we all have, to some extent, as a survival instinct, but this fear can be mitigated by realizing we are eternal and our consciousness can never actually be harmed. You cannot have life without death. The earth could not continue to sustain new life and evolve without death also existing in tandem with rebirth.
My father-in-law, a professed atheist, often talks about how paralyzed he is by the thought of dying. I know that if he had some sort of spiritual practice and belief in the eternal, his soul would be at peace. Unfortunately, atheism is a sort of religion of logic for some people, and in his case at least, he refuses to give up the dogma of skepticism, even for a minute.
Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth talks about the importance of myths as helping to give us stories that help us to understand our lives through the framework of imaginative visualization and storytelling. Every indigenous culture had myths that were passed down from one generation to the next – stories about why we were here and what we should be doing, the spiritual realm, and a belief in the hereafter.
One could argue that a belief in the idea of the divine and eternal soul is a necessary component to living without anxiety in the world. Spiritual practices have been around for as long as there have been people on the planet. It’s as necessary a part of living a happy and fulfilled life as the air we breathe or the food we eat.

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2 thoughts on “The Fear of Death

  1. “Let’s not waste any more time. Let’s shoot them all.” A guard at the office organizing the placement of detainees said. 3 am out so. I was 14.
    It changed my view on death. I don’t look for it. I don’t fear it.
    I know it is a transition.
    I am prepared. Which is not synonymous with being ready.

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