(December 30, 2013)
After reading this chapter, I wonder what the relationship between loss of love and the loss of any fear of death is. I have read (and I cannot find the quote right now) that love is a necessary component of fear, because to fear is to envision the loss of someone or something that you love. If you become completely bereft of love, then you have managed to overcome fear – but at a terrible cost.
We know, of course, the better way to overcome fear is through perfect love. Fear seems to arise from love that is yet imperfect, and is removed by either loves absence or completion. It is an interesting concept for me to ponder.