Most men fear not knowing. To settle themselves, they develop beliefs. When these are codified, churches erupt. The builders install gargoyles in the upper reaches to remind themselves of why they built them. (If there were no God, would men build churches anyway?)
This instruction rewards close study: “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists.”
Loyalty is not a virtue—unless omerta is, unless conformity, accommodation and codes of conduct are, unless the virtues are strategic, personal and exclusionary. Make no vows, Jesus said, speaking to the deaf.
If I fear death, I fear change. Men die as they live.
There is the Self—serene, untroubled, wise. And then there is the pseudo-self—insecure, insufficient, resentful, confused. Counselling to facilitate the repair and maintenance of the pseudo-self is really a game of Whack-A-Mole.