posted on May, 16 2010 @ 10:58 AM
I believe that part of life is not having fear, but it is a defense mechanism as well.
One thing that makes us human is that we are able to override our animal instincts, one of which is fear. Imagine you are in a parking garage at night
waiting for the elevator. The elevator doors open & there's one man inside. He smiles at you, but you still have a bad feeling in your gut. Here's
the part where humans override instinct: You tell yourself that you're being silly & get into the elevator.
Any dog, given the same circumstances would trust his instict & run away. There would be no way that a dog would allow itself to get into a metal box
without any real way out with another creature that is giving it bad vibes. Possessing the ability to ignore animal instincts is part of the downfall
Yes, certain fears need to be overcome. These fears include caring if someone likes/dislikes you, if your lover is cheating on you, not speaking up
because you may appear stupid, & a whole other long list of fears that truly have no bearing on your life.
I agree with the Op who talked about the people with pitchforks coming to get you. Yes, that's scary & your fear would allow you to quickly decide if
you should stay & fight or jump out the back _
Fear is not a bad thing. The same way anger can lead to a constructive action, so can fear.
Last of all, I'd like to mention that Buddhism is not all about learning to extinguish your fears. It's also about learning & growth. They believed
in reincarnation & that one is doomed to repeat life until they learned to abandon whatever human trait was holding them to earth. Let's also
remember that they certainly feared coming back as a roach or other vile creature, which enabled them to keep striving to be a better, more pure human
so they could leave the earthly realm & travel to a greater, more spiratual existence.