Do you feel weak? Do you feel crippled by fear?
If so, hold on to that feeling,
That’s proof that you haven’t given up on yourself yet,
If you have the guts to not give up, you can do anything as seen fit,
The one who acquires the ability to take full possession of one’s mind,
May take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled to.
We are living creatures that don’t have wings, but still reached the sky and stars.”
To hope is to be human and to fear is to be human. Fear can arise from many sources. Early humans needed the fast, powerful reactions that fear causes as they were often in physical danger from big problems– before modern living took over.
Our minds and bodies still work in the same way and we still have the same reactions to more modern worries. But we can’t run away or physically attack these problems.
In “Passions of the Soul” Descartes put fear this way, “we can hope for or fear something that doesn’t in any way depend on us. But in cases where we do think of it as depending on us we may ﬁnd it hard to decide how to go about getting or avoiding it, or to bring ourselves actually to do what needs to be done.”
The difﬁculty gives rise to indecision, the opposite of shrinking reluctance is courage; the opposite of fear (or terror) is boldness.”
Margaret Wheatly says, “Fear is the necessary consequence of feeling hopeful again. Contrary to our belief that hope and fear are opposites where one trumps the other, they are a single package, bundled together as intimate, eternal partners. Hope never enters a room without fear at its side. If i hope to accomplish something, I’m also afraid I’ll fail. You can’t have one without the other.”
Like most modern situations, we are more often presented with events we don’t and have no say in the matter but, to how we response to it’s presentation is indeed the moment of true victory and mostly certainly the defining moment. Unlike our ancestors, fear should draw us to live and embrace life as is.
Fear does aid us in our ways but if not in its place can indeed make anyone miss out on what this world has to offer. Creating a mental choreography around fear is as such a necessity to living as modern man.
Decide to make life an adventure, by virtue of you being alive, you can sense, you can create and inspire, you can know joy, laughter and beauty , there is so much to be lived for, explored, experienced and this means embracing the fear. Fear is as necessary to living as is courage.
Being a conscious entity means being aware of our humanity and being aware of our personality. To find that unique voice that is you – but, that one saying does still hold true “man is a slave of his culture.”
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” Fredrick Nietzsche
How do we transcend this or “going against the grain” or being a non-conformist so to speak? Joseph Campbell says we start by realising that there is no one road map to reality. We are able to create our reality that if we are bold enough to condition our thinking.
Only people themselves can give their lives any meaning through the goals they set themselves, the choices they make and the actions they take. Being oneself is wanting to be what we make ourselves be by the way we choose to act.
In Truth, any meaning that is to be found in this world must be established by each person from within the sphere of his own individual existence and that’s what it means to be a mad one.
Being the mad one is deciding to make life an adventure. Being mad to think, mad to dance, mad to love, mad to dream and mad to choose for yourselves. You are who you are, love who you are.
“What a man can be he must be. This need we may call self-actualization. It refers to the desire for self-fulfilment, namely to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially .This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming”
“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘Just as Courage imperils life, Fear protects it”
Leonard da Vinci