The Fear of Old Age!!!
In the main, this fear grows out of two sources. First, the thought that old age may bring with it poverty. Secondly, and by far the most common source, from false and cruel teachings of the past which have been too well mixed with, “fire and brimstone,” and other bogies cunningly designed to enslave people through fear.
In the basic fear of old age, man has two very sound reasons for his apprehension — one growing out of his trust of his fellow man, who may seize whatever worldly goods he may possess, and the other arising from the terrible pictures in his mind of the world beyond.
The possibility of ill health, which is more common as people grow older, is also a contributing cause of this common fear of old age. Eroticism also enters into the cause of the fear of old age, as no man cherishes the thought of diminishing sex attraction.
The most common cause of fear of old age is associated with the possibility of poverty. “Poor-house” is not a pretty word. It throws a chill into the mind of every person who faces the possibility of having to spend his declining years on a poor farm.
Another contributing cause of the fear of old age, is the possibility of loss of freedom and independence, as old age may bring with it the loss of both physical and economic freedom.
Symptoms of the Fear of Old Age.
The commonest symptoms of this fear are:
The tendency to slow down and develop an inferiority complex — at the age of mental maturity around the age of forty, falsely believing one’s self to be “sipping because of age. (The truth is that a person’s most useful years, mentally and spiritually, are those between forty and sixty.)
The habit of speaking apologetically — People will start to say becoming apologetical of one’s self as “being old” merely because one has reached the age of forty or fifty, instead of reversing the rule and expressing gratitude for having reached the age of wisdom and understanding.
The habit of killing off initiative, imagination, and self-reliance — when we falsely start believing one’s self too old to exercise these qualities. The habit of the man or woman of forty dressing with the aim of trying to appear much younger, and affecting mannerisms of youth, thereby inspiring ridicule by both friends and strangers.
Next, we are going to dive into how the Fear of Death will have an impact on your happiness.
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