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Fear, the nature of fear, death, and the mystery of life


There is no fear in the world that a man would not gladly take upon himself in an effort to avoid not-fearing. Man cannot bear fear, but even greater still he subtly senses that he would lose everything in a single revolutionary moment of catastrophic non-fear. Thus man is more afraid of not-fearing than he is of fear. For man is exclusively fear. To be not afraid is tantamount to not being. The equation is simple: fear invents the coward. To be not afraid? No, none have the courage to imagine it.


Thus man fears the womb more than the grave‑ where he came from more than where he is going; where he has come from is a greater mystery than where he is going, because he has come from it‑ he has already been there, and still he knows nothing of it. Thus physical death is welcome compared to the death of one's historical image in one's own mind; for then one is no longer oneself, and yet one is‑ one is now something strangely different; one is one's own ignorance of oneself. Yes, one happily justifies the ignorance succeeding death; man comforts himself with terror. But none can withstand the horror of not knowing what they have been, for that will invite a still greater horror‑ not knowing what they are.



author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer



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