- Education and Science
Fear of Death Keeps Us From Really Living
There are many ways to die. One may die from a vehicular crash, a deadly disease, an attack from some animal or another human, starvation or poisoning. We are all aware of how easy it can be to die and as such we humans have designed multitudes of ways to delay the inevitable. Protective equipment and clothing, advances in medicine, subjugation of animals, standards of nutrition and development of antidotes, just to name a few. But to have developed all the ways to keep death a bay one must first have a fear of death. And of course this fear is good as it keeps us alive, it keeps us on our toes and keeps our eyes open. But too much fear and it could have us always running and never allow us to close our eyes.
The Dark(er) Side of Fear
While a bit of fear of death would keep us alert, too much fear can control us. Fear of death means death is always on our mind. We fear death. We fear all the ways we could die. So we think of all the ways we could prevent ourselves dying in these ways. The problem is that all these thoughts produce more fear of death. The more we think about dying in these ways is the more we think we simply have a greater chance of dying. All these thoughts are toxic.
All this fear in our minds translate to fear in our actions. Just as we must have the thought to think to eat before we eat, the thought precedes and catalyses the action. The thought of the fear of death drives the actions to prevent death. All we see and hear is death. Our thoughts and actions become restricted, and in our fear of death, we forget how to live.
Throwing Caution To The Wind
To some degree we must learn to disregard fear. Instead of fearing death, we must embrace it. We must embrace the fact that at any moment we may lose our lives, and therefore we must live it fully all the time. We must not fear experiences but dive in and explore all life has to offer. Another irony is that all the fear we may have on Earth, that upon death, the fear will not stay will us but that the fear itself too will die.
In a sense we must die before we can live. We must kill all our toxic and restrictive thoughts and emotions. We must recognize that upon death, all these our hopes and dreams and fears and loves will suffer the same fate as our physical human bodies. Fear of death really drives us away not from death, but only from really living.