Is fear itself what we are afraid of?

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  1. ii3rittles profile image79
    ii3rittlesposted 7 years ago

    Is fear itself what we are afraid of?

    We all know the famous saying "There is nothing to fear but fear itself."

    So do we fear, fear or do we fear what our fears can become?

  2. H.C Porter profile image81
    H.C Porterposted 7 years ago

    I would have to say no...we are not afraid of fear itself, we are afraid of what we do not know or what we believe to be true. If I am afraid of spiders...I am afraid of flying, I am afraid because I do not know if I will survive the flight-and I know that history has included many plane crashes so in return I am afraid to fly...If that makes any sense?

  3. stricktlydating profile image83
    stricktlydatingposted 7 years ago

    Not usually.  People are afraid for different reasons, of getting hurt, of being humiliated, of not getting the response they want, but not 'fear' itself.

  4. wilbury4 profile image71
    wilbury4posted 7 years ago

    Fear is an emotion.. so I would say that we can not fear, fear. Just as we can not surprise surprise; or grieve grief.

  5. WindMaestro profile image61
    WindMaestroposted 7 years ago

    Well Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the individual who quoted that statement, appeared to think so. And he is one of the greatest President's this country has ever had, so I'm siding with him!

  6. Ruchira profile image66
    Ruchiraposted 7 years ago

    Fear is a mind game.

    If our mind is un-attached from anything then fear could not be instilled within us. This is a game that we all are fighting and I guess when we control our mind then fear will not be a "thing" to be afraid of...

  7. kevin.howell profile image60
    kevin.howellposted 7 years ago

    Isn't that what FDR said? We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

  8. lostdogrwd profile image61
    lostdogrwdposted 7 years ago

    people not afraid of fear it self. it man that people fear for we know that man is just no good and what ever his cause is will tell how and which way and when you  be murder the evil of man is what people fear.

  9. Dexter Yarbrough profile image80
    Dexter Yarbroughposted 7 years ago

    Fear is what causes us to be afraid, but we are not afraid of fear.

  10. CJ Andrews profile image92
    CJ Andrewsposted 7 years ago

    I would have to say that the average person fears what may come or happen.  Leaders must fear this quality in the average person.  If you are leading 100 men into battle and 50 of them fear death so much that they won't move - you just lost half your men and decreased your chances. 
    Ironic that this fear of fear in a specific situation would be fearing a outcome still.  Good question - a lot of ways to look at it and enjoyable to mull over more.

  11. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 7 years ago

    FDR or no FDR, that saying has always irked me.  If we're generally strong people with a normal amount of courage (or even particularly strong people with a particular high degree of courage), we tend to fear only what is unthinkably horrific to us (and what would, in fact, be unthinkably horrific to experience).  So, we fear what we fear for good reason - and we don't fear "fear itself" (at least those of us who fear the right kind of things).

    There are times when, again for most normal human beings and particularly courageous ones, as well, we overcome even real reason to be afraid out of purpose, the drive and the need to protect someone else, the grown-up understanding that must overcome our fears, and often with the help of adrenaline.

    That "line"/"saying" was said within a certain context, so I don't find fault with the words, themselves, in relation to the context and time in which they were said.  My "issue" with those words is that they are often taken out of context and presented as "words to live by in general".

  12. CWanamaker profile image97
    CWanamakerposted 7 years ago

    This saying just means that fears are a mental creation.  Are we born afraid of things or is it taught to us by our peers?  In either case, fears are spawned in your mind. I think most people are afraid of the unknown.   Not knowing or not understanding something makes people afraid.


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