“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavour after a worthy manner of life.” ~ Bertrand Russell, The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell …
Although fear can keep us from acting dangerously and from living our lives on the edge of the cliff, there tend to be very few good things that come from spending much time in its company. Fear generally keeps us from responding to certain situations in ways in which we would like to. It keeps us from growing and developing, from branching out and trying new things, from forging new relationships and friendships, and from exploring things that interest us and things we might potentially find exciting.
One of the most unfortunate products of our fears is superstition. We tend to use these buggers as excuses to keep ourselves from doing things that we are afraid of, often times imprisoning ourselves in a perpetual rut of false security. Bred from our fears, superstitions hold us back from enacting meaningful change in our lives and keep us from living them in purposeful and fulfilling ways. How many frontiers have remained unexplored because of fear of the unknown? How many individuals have been persecuted or killed because their differences invoked fear?
Once we lay our fears aside, no longer must we understand each other in order to accept and treat one another as fellow human beings on a spiritual journey through life. This mindset allows us to share, without prejudice, our compassion and love with all the world.
Let go of the unwarranted fears you hold towards others.
Questions to consider:
Why might we allow superstitions and false beliefs to determine how we act and how we treat others? What other effects do our superstitions have on us?
Have your fears ever caused you to treat someone poorly or unfairly?
What are some ways in which you might conquer some of your fears?
For further thought:
“There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.” ~ General George S. Patton