Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Fear is the devil in human form

"Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed."
- Michael Pritchard

With apologies for the bad pun, fear is the worst social problem that TIA could ever address. Most of us live our lives under the shadow of fear, that something unknown will strike us and destroy our lives.

Fear involves the unknown. If the risk is known, we would call it apprehension or caution, something whose dimensions are within our understanding.

Fear is the playground in which our imaginations run wild, and run amok.

In most cases of fear, the cause is not worthy of the destruction the fear perpetrates.

Fear can be turned off like a tap, if we know how. It's simply a matter of saying "I am not afraid of what will happen because of this." Easier said (or written) than done? Yes. Because we often turn our fears into beliefs that we have trouble shaking. Beliefs are embedded into the fibre of our being.

There is nothing positive about fear. Yet it's an emotion we impose on ourselves. It may be prompted by others, even encouraged by others. But others don't force us to accept fear.

Only we do that to ourselves.

We can change. Turning It Around will teach everyone how to do that.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to put fear in perspective so that we can all lead more peaceful lives.
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