“Everything we do in life is based on fear, especially love.”
While how we fear, what we fear and how we manage that fear is endlessly complex and not fully understood, the emotion of fear is basic and what makes us human.
Since we began writing, fear has been a topic of discussion. Plato and Aristotle in Ancient Greece theorized about fear. The first emotion mentioned in the bible is fear, the feeling Adam has after biting the apple, right before he feels shame. There have been endless discussion and philosophies on our fears. And all of it still holds true. Because the fear you feel is the same emotion that has been felt by every human throughout history.
“It is the quintessential human emotion. Some people live lives devoid of joy, happiness and peace but no one escapes the experience of fear…”
-Rush W. Dosier Jr, Fear Itself
And yet we don’t talk about it. We hid our fears from one another and ourselves, only whispering them as secrets.
Everything in history can be looked at as the result of fear. It underlies everything we do. The pyramids were built out of fear of the afterlife, a fear of what comes next. The Great Wall of China was built out of fear of outsiders. The Mayan hieroglyphics were built by king’s out of fear of losing their power. No culture does not fear. Because fear makes us human.
The medical community has a scientific, chemically readable disease for those rare individuals whose brains lack the ability to fear. They are diagnosed as psychopaths. These are serial killers who lack all empathy. They’re often described as monsters. Without fear, one does not become brave. Without fear, you cannot love, you cannot empathize, you cannot connect. We are a social species. We rely on one another for survival. Therefore, we rely on our fear.
The ultimate goal should never be to live without fear. It is live despite them.