Fear is the mind killer, the little death. - Frank Herbert
The Nature of Fear
Fear and all of its gradients–panic, alarm, anxiety,
worry, concern, nervousness, trepidation, apprehension, etc.–are all different levels of angst
concerning some loss of the sustenance and/or the enhancement of life. Fear in its most
elemental essence is simply the opposite of worship because it grants
credit for the possibility or intent of diminishing or eliminating
the sustenance and/or enhancement of life. Fear is not just the mind killer,
but is also the morale killer. See the
definition of worship.
Psychoanalysts assure us that cruelty, however wanton
it may appear to its victims, is always motivated and
that its primary motive is usually fear. - Roger Wescott
It is rather easy to see and understand the above definition and the
unproductive nature of these aspects of fear when it is groundless or not legitimate.
Illegitimate fear is debilitating, and such a foolish, needless waste and
theft of life fulfillment and enhancement. All for no reason? Appalling,
atrocious, abominable! Education, knowledge and greater awareness of
pertinent realities can help solve this problem related to ignorance or superstition.
The challenge comes in two phases when it is time to deal
with the gradient of real or legitimate fear when it comes to us. First is
determining whether that aspect IS real, substantive, valid, legitimate. If it can be determined that
the fear is not legitimate, no problem because the fear can then easily be dismissed.
Secondly, when the aspect of fear is genuine and has substance,
how then to manage the negative effect upon the best
course of action? It is widely understood by reasonable people that the
worst thing to do is to deny it or bury it. It is mind clearing and
empowering to acknowledge it and yet not be controlled by it.
"We have nothing to fear but fear itself!"
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
You could write a book
about it but the simple solution when fear comes unbidden is to own it,
admit that it may affect us, but, determine NOT to be controlled by it.
Religious Fear of God
For generations since the great catastrophes that came from "the
heavens", most of the world's religious development has inculcated a fear of
What is most relevant relating to this site and spiritual issues, is that
the posture toward God taken by the human race is either one of fear or
denial of "his" existence. The
temptation is to think that God seems prone to anger, and when it comes, it is terrible
It is telling that Christians often describe another man as, "He's a
God-fearing man." What they mean is that this person is a "known quantity"
in that they know this person fears God and his retribution, and that this
fear will keep him reasonably in line with Christian values and behavior.
Those that have this mentality are so spiritually primitive that they don't
realize that fear is the opposite of worship. What an insult to God! And
wonder why God is so non-involved?!