Somebody very dear to me just attempted to kill herself
And showed me we don’t fear death, we fear fear itself

from Royce Da 5'9" – I've Been Up, I've Been Down Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Royce has come to realize that we’re not afraid of death. Rather, we welcome death as an escape from what really troubles us, the thing that we are really afraid of; fear itself.

It feels like living is harder than dying. -Kanye West

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