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Anxiety—and the deep peace that comes from God

The Christian Science Monitor

Anxiety has many faces. It may appear as despair, as loneliness, as a nagging emptiness lurking at the dark borders of thought. Indeed, our modern age has been called the Age of Anxiety, and some see it as an age in which God has grown silent or even died.

Behind this very modern anxiety is an old fear, perhaps the most basic fear of all—the fear of human nothingness, of nonbeing and death. These other feelings—the anxiety, the loneliness, the terrible emptiness of human life—are masks of the one great fear that torments mortal man.

The materialism of our times may have increased this torment by augmenting the individual's sense of insignificance and transience in the universe. But this underlying fear of mortality seems to be built into the very nature of material life and mind.

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