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The entire world is made up of only two things, ENERGY and MATTER. In elementary physics we learn that neither matter nor energy (the only two realities
known to man) can be created nor destroyed. Both matter and energy 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 be destroyed. 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 of LIFE, due,
generally, to lack of purpose, or lack of a suitable occupation. This fear is more 220 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH prevalent among the aged, but sometimes the more youthful are victims of it.
The greatest of all remedies for the fear of death is a BURNING DESIRE FOR
ACHIEVEMENT, backed by useful service to others. A busy person seldom has
time to think about dying. He ﬁnds life too thrilling to worry about death. Sometimes the fear of death is closely associated with the Fear of Poverty, where one’s
death would leave loved ones poverty-stricken. In other cases, the fear of death is
caused by illness and the consequent breaking down of physical body resistance.
The commonest causes of the fear of death are: ill-health, poverty, lack of appropriate occupation, disappointment over love, insanity, religious fanaticism. OLD MAN WORRY
Worry is a state of mind based upon fear. It works slowly, but persistently. It is
insiduous and subtle. Step by step it “digs itself in” until it paralyzes one’s reasoning faculty, destroys self-conﬁdence and initiative. Worry is a form of sustained
fear caused by indecision therefore it is a state of mind which can be controlled.
An unsettled mind is helpless. Indecision makes an unsettled mind. Most individuals lack the willpower to reach decisions promptly, and to stand by them after
they have been made, even during normal business conditions. During periods
of economic unrest (such as the world recently experienced), the individual is
handicapped, not alone by his inherent nature to be slow at reaching decisions,
but he is inﬂuenced by the indecision of others around him who have created a
state of “mass indecision.”
During the depression the whole atmosphere, all over the world, was ﬁlled with
“Fearenza” and “Worryitis,” the two mental disease germs which began to spread
themselves after the Wall Street frenzy in 1929. There is only one known antidote
for these germs; it is the habit of prompt and ﬁrm DECISION. Moreover, it is an
antidote which every individual must apply for himself.
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