To some this is the cruelest of all the basic fears. The reason is obvious. The terrible pangs of fear associatedwith 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 beenasking the still unanswered questions, "whence" and "whither." Where did I come from, and where am Igoing?
During the darker ages of the past, the more cunning and crafty were not slow to offer the answer to thesequestions, FOR A PRICE. Witness, now, the major source of origin of the FEAR OF DEATH."Come into my tent, embrace my faith, accept my dogmas, and I will give you a ticket that will admit youstraightaway into heaven when you die," cries a leader of sectarianism. "Remain out of my tent," says the sameleader, "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 onlycauses man to fear death, it often causes him to lose his reason. It destroys interest in life and makes happinessimpossible.
During my research, I reviewed a book entitled "A Catalogue of the Gods," in which were listed the 30,000gods which man has worshiped. Think of it! Thirty thousand of them, represented by everything from acrawfish 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 ofit 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 knowif either place actually exists. This very lack of positive knowledge opens the door of the human mind to thecharlatan so he may enter and control that mind with his stock of legerdemain and various brands of piousfraud and trickery.
The fear of DEATH is not as common now as it was during the age when there were no great colleges anduniversities. Men of science have turned the spotlight of truth upon the world, and this truth is rapidly freeingmen and women from this terrible fear of DEATH. The young men and young women who attend the collegesand 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 whichgripped 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 the FEAR OF DEATH.
This fear is useless. Death will come, no matter what anyone may think about it. Accept it as a necessity, andpass the thought out of your mind. It must be a necessity, or it would not come to all. Perhaps it is not as bad asit has been pictured.
The entire world is made up of only two things, ENERGY and MATTER. In elementary physics we learn thatneither matter nor energy (the only two realities known to man) can be created nor destroyed. Both matter andenergy 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 bedestroyed. 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.
SYMPTOMS OF THE FEAR OF DEATH
The general symptoms of this fear are: the habit of THINKING about dying instead of making the most ofLIFE, due, generally, to lack of purpose, or lack of a suitable occupation. This fear is more prevalent amongthe aged, but sometimes the more youthful are victims of it. The greatest of all remedies for the fear of death isa BURNING DESIRE FOR ACHIEVEMENT, backed by useful service to others. A busy person seldom hastime to think about dying. He finds life too thrilling to worry about death. Sometimes the fear of death isclosely associated with the Fear of Poverty, where one's death would leave loved ones poverty-stricken. Inother cases, the fear of death is caused by illness and the consequent breaking down of physical bodyresistance. The commonest causes of the fear of death are: ill-health, poverty, lack of appropriate occupation,disappointment over love, insanity, religious fanaticism.
如果生命是一种东西， 那么它就是能量。如果能量和物质都无法被毁灭，那么生命也是如此。生命就像其他能量形式一样， 可以通过不同的转化或变化过程传递下去，但无法被毁灭。死亡只是一种转化而已。