This concluding chapter explains how it appears that immortality belief and terminality belief have been present in varying degrees of explicitness and with shifting degrees of dominance from the dawn of human consciousness. It is interesting to note that in some of the earliest religious literature, it is death rather than immortal life which is seen as the destiny of human beings. The reality of death has taken on a much more terrifying dimension as the intimate continuity of human beings with nature has diminished, tribal and communal supports have lessened, and individual consciousness has acquired a more isolating identity. Death has become intensely personal, and a corresponding fading of belief in personal immortality has heightened the anxiety evoked by the encroachment of nothingness.
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