Proposition XXXVIII. In proportion as the mind understands more things by the second and third kind of knowledge, it is less subject to those emotions which are evil, and stands in less fear of death.
The mind's essence consists in knowledge therefore, in proportion as the mind understands more things by the second and third kinds of knowledge, the greater will be the part that is not touched by the emotions, which are contrary to our nature, or in other words, evil.
Note.—Hence we understand that point which I touched on in Part IV. and which I promised to explain in this Part; namely, that death becomes less hurtful, in proportion as the mind's clear and distinct knowledge is greater. Again, since from the third kind of knowledge arises the highest possible acquiescence, it follows that the human mind can attain to being of such a nature, that the part [which] perishes with the body should be of little importance when compared with the part which endures. But I will soon treat of the subject at greater length.