Nine Eleven and Your Greatest Fears
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Is your fear healthy? Maybe...
Eight years and the wars rage on. We’re still in Iraq, no signs of getting out of Afghanistan, and talk of bombing Iran can still be heard—quietly—in not just a few circles.
The worst part of it all? We are afraid. Afraid of the so-called terrorists. Afraid of immigrants. Afraid of gay people. Afraid, afraid, afraid. When you’re constantly afraid, life will ultimately become unbearable. And then, what do you do?
Of course, it’s not all about the wars and health care and immigration. You also have to consider the state of our schools. What are the kids actually learning? Do you, as a parent, have any real idea what the curriculum in your child’s school is? Does he/she learn about the real Abraham Lincoln? The real FDR? The real War on Communism? Does he/she come home and tell you what the teacher said about gay marriage? Or Black Activism? Or Texas wanting to secede from the Union?
There’s also the Religious Right, the Liberal Left, the so-called Moderates. They all charge each other with bringing down the country. Don’t forget the bankers and insurance giants and drug companies. They want to control your life. No? Check a little deeper.
Lots of reasons to be fearful, suspicious, protective, no?
As long as our fear rules us, nothing will change. OK, so we realize that. But how do we get past it all? Good question. Especially since fear is not only natural, it’s one of the most powerful of the emotions. It’s a survival tactic. Why would we even want to overcome it?
Is it even possible?
So, what to do?
If you Google phrases life “freedom from fear,” or “living without fear,” you will get a list of thousands of websites that claim to help you get rid of fear. My suggestion (and this will be controversial): Stick with the Buddhist sites and only those sites that don’t want to charge you a lot of money to get the advice. The Buddhists, believe it or not, are rather pragmatic and won’t steer you in a weird direction.
If you have some good ideas or just want to challenge me on the Buddhist thing, please leave a comment.
Many blessings to you and fear not!
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