Why Does A Man Fear Death?
Why does a man fear Death?
What is it that he really fears?
Does he fear the endless, entombed silence of the grave,
Or is it the loss of loved ones that he fears to brave?
P'raps it is that he fears the thought of Judgment,
Where his soul is laid bare for all to see,
His good deeds and bad all reckoned for and counted,
And a record of his insignificant life afore him mounted.
If it is not the Final Sentence of Providence he fears,
Then why does a man fear Death?
Perhaps then, he fears the thought of the Afterlife,
Of meeting all those fearful souls gone ahead,
Of seeing disappointment in the eyes of parents, teachers and friends,
Of hearing them say, "Is this all you have come to, in the end?
Is this that for which you sacrificed your principles,
Overcame your honest scruples,
And accepted Evil as the way of the world?
Is this that for which you sacrificed love and friendship,
Did all that power and wealth lead you
Only to look down in shame at this bitterest of ends?"
To hear the angels of Almighty cry
"Whither wast thy soul, thou that callest thyself human,
When those who were in need of you cried bitterly for help?
Whither were thine eyes when thou walked among thy fellows,
The teeming, fuming, weeping, the helpless hordes of humanity?
Could not thine heart stop for a moment, the thoughts of gain,
And share in selfless service, their blistering, agonizing pain?"
If it is not the scathing scorn of Angels he fears,
Then, why, tell me, does a man fear Death?
If not all that then certainly,
He must fear the belief of reincarnation!
For, oh! Who would live all that again?
All the joys, the sorrows, the grief, the pain?
Who would walk again on the bittersweet path,
Of childhood to manhood, and once more thence,
To dithering old age and the ever-ready Death?
To be Judged again and again, and given the same sentence:
To appear in the same Court after a lifetime of repentance!
If it is not those endless cycles of karma he fears,
Then why, indeed, does a man fear Death?
Come, come, there must be some reasons
As surely as the changing of the seasons!
Let every man truly look inside himself,
And find his own reasons for fear!
For only when he has set on the path of self-discovery and recovery,
When he has found the purpose of his individual existence,
Then only will the true meaning of Life become clear,
And the ever-threatening Shadow will cease to inspire fear!