Fear can be an unstable, irrational, incoherent and chaotic state, that can affect even the most rational of minds.
I would like to point out my findings on the subject that I have come to understand
after many hours of meditation. I personally have come to the conclusion that the the true ancestor of all fear
Is the fear of death. Fear of pain is no different, as pain is our body’s warning system for the purpose of self preservation.
All of our fears concerning details of our lives, such as fear of humiliation or fear of failure came later,
after humanity formed the first building blocks of civilization.
Even these fears stem from self preservation. Humanity, just like most life forms, utilizes power in numbers.
And so the need to please and impress others stems from our need to be part of the pack.
Those rejected were cast out, and were likely to die quickly.
And so, even these fears that seem to have little to do with death in fact stem from self preservation.
But the more intelligent man became, the more mysterious death became, and the scarier it became.
So why do people fear death? Let us take a deeper look into our relationship with death.
Death has always played a fundamental role in our lives, it has always been there and always will.
From early tribes to advanced civilization, people are born, and people die. It ends us, and even sustains us.
Life recycles what death casts away. Yet, there is a grand mystery at play here.
Death is one of the most familiar aspects to us, yet we still know next to nothing about it.
For something that has been with us since life began, we can only theorize and what happens
when the final breath is released from our bodies. And so, fear of the unknown has a HUGE role to play.
I may go so far as to say that death is the reason for humanity’s fear of the unknown.
A human cannot fathom what it is like to not exist, simply because it is not “like” anything.
Atheists have claimed that this may be the reason humanity created the concept of an afterlife to begin with.
fear of the dark; of being lost; of isolation; of being found out; of being out of control.
Other fears are more specific to death itself: fear of non-existence; of what happens next;
of the end of the game, fear of hell. Lastly, there is the fear of pain before death.
This state of not knowing and being unable to know non-being gives us a blank slate
on which to speculate about the nature of death and the possibility of an afterlife.
As there is no knowing, the human imagination attempts to color-in the un-colorable.
All we can do with death is to speculate about it, since it is our own death that we contemplate contemplate most,
not the deaths of others. Objectively, death is a simple and common occurrence.
Subjectively, however, the question is more intimate and private,
as only you can experience your dying breath, and have the thoughts and feelings that you have about it.
I do not fear death, but I do respect it.
Whether there is or isn’t an afterlife, death is simply the beginning of a new phase of matter.
Existentially, while it may seem like there is much to fear, I am not afraid of what I call “unexperience”.
It is up for debate what it is to exist, so the simplicity of death and it’s purpose can be attractive, if you see it for what it is.
Afterlife or not, matter is matter, and life goes on.
Additionally, knowing the “why” behind fear is the precursor to conquering fear.
Many here have overcome fear, and only they can know how and why.
But there is undoubtedly one common aspect to their journeys. Knowledge.
If you know what you fear, and if you know why you fear it, and where these feelings stem from,
you can then take the first step to conquering that fear.
Fear is not the enemy unless you make it so.
Do not underestimate it’s usefulness, (it has kept humanity alive this far)
But do not let it be your master, as many have done before.