Whither Erehwon

Views of the world while on the journey to Erehwon

Fear and Loathing


Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Bertrand Russell

You my friend have no idea idea just how nervous I’ve been about starting this blog 😉

I remember reading once that there are two kinds of fear, Fear of what is, and Fear of what might be.

Fear of what might be

This is the fear that the vast majority of us face, on an almost daily basis. Fear that we may lose our jobs, our homes, our health.

Fear that we may not get the big contract that our employers wanted, that we won’t reach our quotas this month. Fear that we wont have enough money for the bills, for the food. Fear that we’ll NEVER have enough.

Our minds working overtime worrying about things that probably won’t happen, spending so much time doing it, that in the end it becomes a self fulfilling prophesy.

Fear of what is

This is the fear that few of us ( hopefully ) face, an example of which would be, a rampaging grizzly bear, that is about to get up close and personal with you, and you just know isn’t about to invite you to a tea dance.

Now as debilitating and paralysing as both types of fear are, and yes both types can kill, the first slowly by stress which can slowly wear you down, either physically or mentally, and the second by the simple quick cessation of life.

For myself, my nervousness about starting this blog, was most definitely a minor example of the first type. as usual it took me a little while to remember the truth.

My nervousness stemming mostly from ‘what will people think’ in truth probably a rather weak excuse, but still incredibly effective at stopping me.

So yet again I find myself asking the same ‘old’ question –

“Why is it that we allow our selves to be controlled by the Fear of what maybe, when in truth it’s just a fantasy created by our imaginations, and it’s the second type Fear of what is that can really cause you problems ?”

2 thoughts on “Fear and Loathing

  1. Thankyou sooh much for allowing me that first read David… You asked me why I felt hurt when I read your blog, well because it is very emotive and there are so many people out there who are living with such fear and doing it alone, almost ashamed of it! I just wish we could all look a little deeper, support others and stand up together and fight for the rights of one and all!

    Well done you for writing such a ‘real’ blog. I am a fan…

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