In response to fear
Psychologists agree that we are born with two main types of fear, the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling.
Every other type of fear is learned, and the last time I checked there are over a thousand different types of fear.
Fear is not necessarily a bad thing if it keeps you away from dangers that could harm you significantly. On the other hand if it is not handled properly, it could be a paralysing force that cripples and ends up being a worse condition than what is feared.
I read of a woman who died in the dentists chair, not because of a root canal gone wrong, but for hearing the sound of the drill that would perform the procedure.
Instead of fear we need courage in the face of the very things that threaten us. That is how man has been able to make considerable progress over the centuries. Sir Winston Churchill said “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” and Mark Twain said “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
As we are faced with unprecedented events in the first quarter of this year that gender an atmosphere of fear, let us take the necessary precautions and observe best practice to be safe, but in response to fear we must show great courage that keeps us going in spite of what we are afraid of.