Sep. 8th, 2008

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I was reading today and was struck by a phrase: "Fear Sells", in this case as pertaining to how the government, advertising, etc. uses fear to try to control us (which is undeniable).

How do we all sell fear in our daily lives? I do it every day trying to counsel people with their health issues. I don't mean it to be that way, but sometimes counseling people to fear what will happen if they don't take their meds, if they don't check their sugar, if they don't stop abusing drugs, sometimes it is the most basic way to get through to someone. Either they want to investigate it more, or question, or research on their own, but sometimes, yes, fear is the call to action and impetus for change. Not always.

How do we sell fear to ourselves? Because its not always others trying to sell us fear. We're conditioned enough to turn it inward, to fear our potential, whether it be good or bad, right or wrong, positive or destructive. How do we continue to tell ourselves not to trust our instincts, not to follow our path? How do we get to the point where fear of failure is a more powerful motivator to maintain what we're not satisfied with than the uncertainty of success thrilling us into taking that leap?

I would like to live a life without fear. Part of being human, I know.

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