What does the word being mean?

Usage examples for being

  1. So I couldn't help being afraid. – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  2. And suppose we take a walk over the fields, and then you can tell it without being interrupted. – The Late Mrs. Null by Frank Richard Stockton
  3. For if He does not care about my being good, why should I care about it?" – Sermons on National Subjects by Charles Kingsley