The Function of Fear

Fear is one of the most amazing and prevailing passions. Here is why.

 

Fear in all its haunting names is the embodiment of what you cannot stand to face, and therefore repress. Fear can be rational and fear can be irrational. Some people are afraid of clowns, some are afraid of simply going outside. Fear is one of the most diverse feelings known. Because it incites the fight or flight response in the body and mind, revving up the nerves, it earns its name “fear” because fearful feelings bring about an unavoidable question that demands an immediate response.

 

For the above, the reaction is often a paralyzed reaction. To go numb and do nothing. To become an escape artist, often via drugs, alcohol, over-indulgence in video games or television; anything to avoid the call for action. Fear, therefore, is the great catalyst. To destroy life or to live; to snuff the spirit or to fan the flames.

 

Fear is necessary. Fear is a beacon for what you must conquer. Fear protects and illuminates. Fear is a responsibility. Fear, when reacted to correctly, is a survival technique. Used incorrectly, irrationally, you miss out on life and its most invigorating challenges.

Do not let irrational fear keep you from higher-highs and what you should do. Let it be a motivating force.

 

Fear wisely,

Kimmuriel

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