Monday, 1 May 2017

Thought 531: Fear as Suffering - Rational and Irrational Fear - Courage

One of the nasty ironies of fear, which is often born of an impending sense of harm occurring to one's person or one's loved ones (which is the same thing) and the suffering such harm causes, is that it is itself a form of suffering. 

That is to say, fear of suffering is itself suffering.

Fear is a draining emotion, lessening our enjoyment and ability to deal with life, and is of course the state of consciousness that evil, wicked controllers seek to promote and propagate using the multitude of financial, legal, and mass influence devices at their disposal.

Many are driven to conform to intolerable societal conditions simply because of the fear of being left to rot not to say punished for being themselves and following their innermost instincts. 

[Others will respond to fear by attacking others whom they perceive as being a threat (see Consequences of Worldview).]

This is why economic anxiety is such a plague on people and especially the youth of today. For it is the need to acquire money and possess it that stops many from exploring their consciousness and their creative selves, that makes them get involved with institutions and organisations which are harmful to them but nonetheless keep them within arm's reach of monetary solvency.

I associate feelings of fear in my psyche with often a sense that, should negative events occur in my life, particularly of a financial and bereavement nature, I will be overwhelmed and unable to cope; that is to say, I think the degree of control one feels one has on one's inner self - which is essential for any degree of self-agency to manifest - is proportional to one's levels of psychological fear.

This is why many people with anxiety or depressive disorders are more at the mercy of fear since their level of control over their emotions and therefore their environmental conditions is greatly reduced, leading them to feel overwhelmed and unable to cope far quicker than individuals who, while undergoing difficulties, are still largely agents of rational free will based in expanded (love) rather than shut-down (fear) consciousness.

My personal coping mechanism with the feeling of anxious fear - sometimes referred to as existential angst - is to accept it rather than fight it but still make the conscious effort to listen to what my higher brain, rational functions are telling me rather than respond and give in to the emotional part of my mind and body's physiology.

This is easier said than done but is a life skill that can be honed with deliberate and disciplined practice as and when angst is felt. This skill, as I said, is to be able to experience intense fearful feeling without taking it too seriously or giving it more than its due as opposed to bloody-minded rational agency, which can operate in spite of emotional fear (the true meaning of courage), even though many will argue that fear in some cases is rational. 

[Put more succinctly: I'm not saying fear can always be overcome but I do think it a good idea to act in spite of it whilst feeling and accepting it for what it is by appealing to higher brain functions and reasoning powers.]  

However it is usually the case that fear is irrational because even though one might have good reason to be afraid when, say, faced with a dog affected by rabies or an armed assailant, how often do such caricatural and context-specific instances of rational fear occur as opposed to generalised, often economically and people-induced, feelings of angst which have to do more with the unknown, i.e. what might have happened in the recent past or may happen in the future?