The first tale I thought of for Reena’s prompt today comes from a book I read so many years ago, “Dune,” by Frank Herbert. Youtube is a marvelous treasure-trove on any topic, so I went looking to see if I could find where someone recited the passage that has stuck in my mind and become a part of my being since then. I was able to find this excellent short video that talks about, “The Litany Against Fear.”
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
– Frank Herbert, Dune, Paul Atreides’ Litany Against Fear
Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge. Reena says:
Can you think of a story or anecdote or historical tale on [antidotes to fear of death.] It should basically be a story of survival strategies.