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Originally posted by Common Good
Robert Louis Stevenson:
"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others."
approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."
Lately I have been noticing a lot of people worried about their futures, and a lot of people thinking and saying things that would have never previously entered their minds if it werent for the troubled and dire times we find ourselves living in these days.
About the nature of fear:
There are two fundamental human emotions, from which all feelings spring: Love and Fear.
Fear generally leads to undesirable results, whereas love leads to desirable results; fear destroys, love creates.
This dichotomy is the key to all human behavior. Fear gives rise to anger, depression, greed, intolerance, prejudice, and turns love into hate. Love gives rise to jubilation, happiness, selflessness, compassion, understanding, and can be perverted into hate by fear. Ignorance promotes fear, and wisdom promotes love.
With that in mind, why do we have the fearful world we have? Because most people operate based on fear. Most people lives lives of avoidance of negative things rather than searching for positive things. We all know fear, and we all know love. The universe is neutral. Negatives and positives are relative and artificial. You get what you create. Fear is used to control people, both from within and without. Governments throughout time have used fear to keep people in line. The media uses it as well, in order to keep people watching, and therefore to generate more revenue. Religions have always used fear in order to inspire obedience. Corporations use fear to sell products - an example is the pharmaceutical industry, which uses fear of disease and other health problems to sell their drugs.
Fear is based on ignorance because it is fundamentally concerned with the unknown. If you're afraid of something, you're afraid of what could happen in the future at some point, near or far. Since you don't know what that is, or if it is going to happen or not, you become afraid. If you were not ignorant of this, or simply trusted in your own life, you would not be afraid. Paranoia is based on a lack of trust. You don't trust other people, and when you don't trust other people, it is really because you lack trust in yourself. So self-confidence is one way to combat paranoia.
Another basic fear is the fear of loss. If you fear losing something, this gives rise to all sorts of potentially harmful emotions, such as greed, jealousy, anger, hatred, and so on. It is also based on attachment - if you were not attached to what you feared to lose, you would not fear losing it. You would let it go. So attachment to things, people, situations, etc. leads to fear of losing them.
Fear is concerned with the ego. Fear is selfish, even if you are afraid for someone else's sake, say a loved one. You are attached to them, and that attachment is a form of selfishness. This is where love and fear can intersect. The ego makes us hold onto things, but we do have the option of letting go - both of externals and ourselves. That requires trust and self-confidence, but it erases fear and anxiety.
Fear enslaves, love frees. If you let go, you are free to focus on love. If you are crippled by fear, you are not free. Conspiracies (real or fake) if they are believed, create fear. You have lost before you even started. Whether you are holed up in your bunker armed and ready for the end of days or glued to the computer screen researching demons and psychic vampires, if you believe this stuff, and respond that way, you are afraid, and are therefore a prisoner whether the conspiracy theory is correct or not.
However, if you take a lighthearted stance to most of this stuff, you are good to go. As for the real bits of information, simply approach them with enthusiastic curiosity, and away goes the fear. You can only be afraid if you allow yourself to be afraid.
In concerns with an unforeseeable future people generally fall into one of the following categories...
* * *Nice post, dooper, by the way. Star for you. Nice to find something we're in 100% agreement on.