Well, this cumbered pilgrim's mind and he feared death no longer. The wise man turned to thesecond pilgrim and said, "What is it you fear, my friend?"
"I fear my new neighbors," said the second pilgrim, "They are strangers who observe holydays different than mine! They have raised too many kids. And they play music that sounds likenoise."
"Ah, strangers," said the wise man. "I will take away this fear, my friends. Return to yourhome, and make a cake for your new neighbors. Bring toys to their children. Join them in theirsongs and learn their ways. And you will become familiar with these neighbors and your fearwill go away."
The second man saw the wisdom in the simple instructions and knew he would no longer fearthe family who were his neighbors. There in the cave so high in the mountains that nothingcould live, the wise man turned to the last pilgrim and asked of his fear.
"Oh, wise man. I fear...spiders. When I try to sleep at night I imagine spiders dropping from theceiling and crawling upon my flesh and I can not rest."
"Ah, spiders," said the wise man, "No, shit, why do you think I live way up here?"
1. no longer
eg. This word is no longer in current use.
eg. She could no longer afford to keep him at school.
2. return to
eg. He yearned to return to his native land.
eg. There was a general disinclination to return to the office after lunch.
3. become familiar with
eg. She had become familiar with the house.
eg. This is also the way that Americans themselves become familiar with one another.