Fear Is Contagious

I’ve never known fear, so far at least. But I can see fear manifested. I have a fair amount of experience at seeing how insidious fear can be.

Fear is a ‘thing,’ not a language . . . Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Do you actually want to be scared to death? Mostly, all of you are scared to death. But part of me thinks that I’d be wasting time trying to explain your alternatives. This is because you’re all civilized. You’re afraid, including afraid of even examining your terror and the contributions of your lifestyle (“civilized”).

Look, I am civilized. Why are you threatening me? . . . Photo by krakenimages on Unsplash

But now, after 10,000 years, it’s time to ask yourself. Are you satisfied living a life of fear, crammed into a city that’s short on natural wonders? You’ve had a long time to decide your fate. You’ve had that time, so what do you think?

WTF are you talking about? I haven’t had 10,000 years of anything . . . Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash

Being by nature a caring person, let me try to demonstrate an alternative that maybe could interest you, or be something you could at least picture.

I’ve lived my entire life in nature. That hasn’t prevented me from functioning in cities, in civilization. It’s all part of my environment.

Wherever you live, even in a big city, it’s easy to find a bit of nature so wild and free that you can just put down a blanket, eat cheese and crackers and open a bottle of wine. It’s a matter of looking around, trying to see a place that you can’t see. I remember a trailer park in one city that, if you walked its streets, you could see trees behind it with no roads or even trails leading to them. I sat there in those woods sometimes. . . . Photo by Helena Lopes from Pexels


Living in rural Panamá — non-extractive, non-capitalistic. Expat USA. Scientist, writer, researcher, teacher. STEM mentor +languages. Gargoylplex@protonmail.com