Sunday, July 7, 2013

What Is Fear?

"But for the pain of separation of humans, I have no fear to die."
 - Augustus Conant (1811-1863)

To live, when you think you’re dying 
To laugh, when you feel like crying 
To stand, when you think you’re gonna fall 
-"Fear" by Stop Making Friends

What is fear?

Pain is the body's response to any action that might cause harm. Mind you, "might" is very different from "will." For example, very spicy foods--those with high Scoville ratings--are generally good for you, though to those unaccustomed to the heat, eating them can be quite painful. Also re-socketing a dislocated joint is very painful the moment it pops back into place.

But still I ask: What is fear?

Fear is the mind's response to an assumed approach to pain. First you feel fear, then something bad happens to you, and lastly, you feel pain, in your body's hope that you will be discouraged from doing it again.

That's how it's supposed to work, but it's not always the case.

Sometimes we fear more than we pain. Sometimes the fear and the pain, individually or combined, do more damage to ourselves than the source action itself. Sometimes the source action is good, healthy, while the fear and pain are enough to dissuade, discourage, or distract you.

One of the greatest problems of our age is that progression. People fall into the trap of allowing fear and pain to dictate their choices instead of the actions themselves.

This is the fall of objectivity.

Fearing fear and fearing pain are natural, but avoiding them, choosing not to act in order to avoid that fear and that pain, while sometimes rational, can be unhealthy.

Council yourself to recognize this, and choose your choices for the loss and gain they themselves generate, not of the loss or gain of the fear or pain the accompany them.

Sometimes, even death can be the healthiest choice.

It’s just fear after all 
It’s only fear after all 

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