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 changes people’s lives. I’ve seen it destroy communities, their real estate itself, economies, self images. People in the US can see how Trump has worked with fear as a lethal instrument.
For me, it’s different. I don’t experience fear. (I’m incredibly fortunate to have been built that way.) Unfortunately, that also means that nobody really understands where I’m coming from. But see, I don’t fear that reaction either. I surely hope that at least a few of you can see that there’s some value in my point-of-view.
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”).
I’m by nature not afraid. But are you truly afraid by your nature? Sure, in a way, probably. But have great forces that you’d have to be a conspiricist to acknowledge caused you to be afraid? Short answer: Yes. Civilization isn’t something we actually sought. It happened, yes. But nobody really wanted exactly what we got.
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?
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.
Being in nature doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing big deal. But it’s a good idea to go alone at times, with companions at other times, and with a smartphone never. I personally never have carried a camera either. One of the most important lessons of nature is that you have to see it with your own eyes, experience it with all your senses.
This is not some new-age kind of idea. It’s the opposite. The human race was born to pay close attention to our surroundings, our environment. Failure to do so could be fatal, or at leave you hungry because you lost track of the game you were tracking. Really. We’ve got thousands and millions of years’ practice doing this.
Maybe my advice can help. I know that for me, I’ve had close calls in wildernesses, when I’ve made mistakes or taken a fall. I guess it’s a more immediate exposure to the threat of dying. It’s not fake, it’s real. It’s not somebody else’s paranoia that you’ve adopted. And I remember one time lying on the trail for two days taking aspirins and hoping my kidney hadn’t gotten ruptured, thinking . . . “I guess I could die today or tonight. Sure is pretty here and the river is tinkling and tumbling, and I could die here and be OK with that.”