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How many of you are afraid of the unknown? If I had to guess, I'd say that the most of us are at some point afraid. We have all our own ways of coping but I'd like to talk about a specific respond to fear which I find peculiar. The decision by a person to not to fear the unknown by being himself something to be feared. That is to say that this person had taken the decision that he would be stronger, faster, and cunning than any beast that roams in the darkness. I know what most of you are probably thinking. This is just a delusion, what's so special about it? My answer is nothing, but I think it lends itself to possibly an interesting conversation. People often have delusional fears about things that are in themselves harmless. Then I ask, which delusion is more preferable? To be fearful or to be feared?
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I subscribe to Hegel's theory of infinite possibility. We are constantly moving forward, and in that, are always an open possibility. So I'm not afraid of the unknown.
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A natural reaction to fear is anger, so I use that anger to inspire courage.
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both are uncomfortable feelings for me



I don't like to be feared... I prefer people being fearless around me.
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I'm fine with fearing as I am now. I only fear God and myself. Nothing else.

I could care less if others fear me or not. Not my problem.
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To me "FEAR" is something that everyone has, even though some people don't show it..
... What is interesting is that there are probably people out there who are "Afraid To Be Feared"
Posted 5/15/15
Me? to be feared? not in this life. (I'm and look very inoffensive)

I would prefer to be respected and not feared, either way.

As for fearing...I have a believe in God and that makes me fearless of the unknown. I'm more fearful about life than anything else but I'm working on that...this quote helps me a lot:



Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.
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I have no idea what the question here means...
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dotsforlife wrote:

I'm fine with fearing as I am now. I only fear God and myself. Nothing else.

I could care less if others fear me or not. Not my problem.


Same here I could care less if others fear me or if I put fear into other's hearts.
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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

- Frank Herbert, Dune

I'm not afraid of the unknown. I'm afraid of not trying.
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It would depend on your desires and goals .Longevity or a perceived notion of being in control.It all sounds more than a little like what the Hindu's refer to as lost in Maya.
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Be feared, I could deal with that.
I hate fear, that feeling of helplessness and being scared.
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To not fear I think is foolish,those who wish not to fear are maybe running from fear itself(fear of fear).When the fear is irrational or when the fear is causing harm to yourself it's probably not the most efficient way to go about things, knowing when to step into the unknown when ready and acknowledging your fear and allowing it to transform into wisdom( acknowledging the profound truth and tranquility of the unknown,to embrace the unknown with trust, and recognizing the intrinsic inevitability. ) I think is a better way to navigate life.

So to answer the question to fear.
Posted 5/16/15 , edited 5/16/15
Both are weird together, recipe for extreme paranoia, no?

A little of both is good.
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