“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”H.P. Lovecraft
Fear is, indeed, one of strongest and oldest emotions mankind has had to deal with.
Conquerors and dictators have always used fear as one of the most powerful tools in their arsenal to control the masses. At the same time, all of us also struggle with our own personal fears.
Fear is powerful; it has the ability to show us who we really are. Fear can either debilitate or emancipate those who come in direct contact with their fears.
Today, perhaps more so than ever before, it is not the time to be afraid. One must learn to conquer their own fears. It’s an opportunity to set oneself free.
Let’s explore this opportunity further:
What Are You Afraid Of?
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”H.P. Lovecraft
I never quite understood Lovecraft’s work until recently. His books revolve around the fear of the unknown. In his work he questions the reality around us, and whether we can fully comprehend it all – or is it perhaps better to stay ignorant of the horrors that surround us.
Much of Lovecraft’s work deals with madness. People turn mad as they discover what is out there. Once you see it; there’s no way to unsee it.
For some years now, I’ve come to understand what Lovecraft was really talking about. We are, indeed, surrounded by all kinds of abominations. Once you start looking into things, you also begin to understand the size and shape of these monstrosities; the scale truly is cosmic. No wonder people go insane (or are at least labelled as insane).
I’m far from being the only person who started piecing the supposedly dissociated knowledge together. Perhaps the reader him/herself is one of the people who’s awareness has recently expanded. You must have realized that we are also slowly, but surely creeping towards a new dark age. This reality must not come to pass.
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”Plato
It’s understandable if a child is afraid of the unknown. It is the job of the adult to do what the child can not yet face.
As an adult yourself, whether physically or mentally, it is your role to face the reality others can’t (or are unwilling to) comprehend.
Only you can answer the question: what are you afraid of?
Figure it out, and then face your fears – however big or small. Doing this will set you free. It’s time to stop being afraid.
Facing Your Fears
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”John Lennon
When we are afraid, we are timid and we tend to box ourselves in. Once afraid, it becomes easy to manipulate us. This is because offering an exit from the box we put ourselves in becomes the relief we’re looking for in our lower state of being.
However, the easy way out, the peace and safety offered by the would-be rulers, will only lead to ruin. We know this much by simply studying history.
Peace and safety is achievable through means other than fear. Once you disarm the greatest weapon your opponent has, fear, you will realize that it is not you who’s in the proverbial box – they are. They control others through fear because they themselves are afraid.
“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”Jim Morrison
Freedom comes after you face your fears. Seek and expose yourself to your fears. One by one, your fears will start to disappear, and you’ll begin to unshackle yourself.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”Marie Curie
Understanding and knowledge gives us the tools to deal with our fears.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.