Running From Life
Has it ever struck you that those who most fear to die are the ones who most fear to live? That in running away from death we are running away from life?
Think of a man living in an attic, a little hole of a place with no light and little ventilation. He fears to come down the stairs because he has heard of people falling down stairs and breaking their necks. He would never cross a street because he has heard of thousands who have been run over on the streets.
And of course, if he cannot cross a street, how will he cross an ocean or a continent or one world of ideas to another? This man clings to his hole of an attic in the attempt to ward off death and in doing so he has simultaneously warded off life.
Source: Anthony de Mello ~ The Way to Love