In this episode I reflect on fear and why it is an unhelpful emotion in the battle against danger. I quote from Tessa Lena’s excellent article, On Fear of the Monster and Fanaticism: Some Spontaneous Philosophy and make the case for acting from love, joy, courage, and freedom. (Text Below)
This episode was broadcast August 22nd, 2021. Freedom Loves Company, Revolution.Radio, Studio B. Sunday, 6-8pm MT, 8-10pm ET, Midnight – 2 am GMT
Danger is real. Fear is in the mind.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
The mainstream media on behalf of its handlers has the population in a state of fear. Fear of a virus that no matter how you look at it is not deserving of fear at all. 99.97% survive. It is about as deadly as the flu. But the fear has created a real danger. Fear has made people become irrational in both belief and behavior.
They believe that they are sick when they are not. They believe in an experimental injection that will protect them, but only if everyone is injected. Their fear has been turned into rage. The target of this fear-induced rage are those people who don’t believe the media’s propaganda. They are labeled “the unvaccinated” and people want these unvaccinated people to suffer until they join the vaccinated.
Now we have so-called variants, that to the extent they are real, are likely caused or aided by the vaccines themselves. It is not the unvaccinated that are getting sick, but the vaccinated or partially vaccinated. This is due to adverse reactions to the vaccine or due to the variants the vaccine is causing, or due to the violence the vaccines are doing to their immune systems. I am no expert. This is just from what I am reading from doctors and scientists.
The media is promoting fear of the unvaccinated every second of every day. There is danger to the unvaccinated. Apparently, the vaccinated can “shed” on the unvaccinated and cause harmful reactions. While the unvaccinated could be afraid of this, and I would expect that many are, nonetheless, it is the fear the vaccinated have of the unvaccinated that is driving the police state reactions and the vaccine passports, and the firing of medical workers and teachers if they are not vaccinated.
The fear and ultimately, disgust, which could be an even more dangerous emotion, that many of the vaccinated display toward the unvaccinated and those who openly question the media is a very real danger. But it is not good to respond to this with fear.
A few weeks ago, Tessa Lena was on my program. I have some of her essay in front of me. It is called “On Fear of the Monster and Fanaticism: Some Spontaneous Philosophy.” She advocates for love, courage, and joy. I couldn’t agree more. But doing so is not easy. Tessa Lena writes:
“I want to make a clear case against fear and fanaticism, especially in the people “on my side.”
I think we all occasionally feel like this: “I have looked into it, and I’ve discovered a monster, so how dare you not focus on this thing that hurts so much in me? How dare you? How dare you be so complacent about the monster?”
Now, sometimes the feeling may be entirely legitimate. The monster may be scary, and it may be in everyone’s best interest to get their shit [act] together. But for all practical purposes, fear still doesn’t help.
The dance of fighting the monster without being scared is not an easy dance by any stretch of imagination. It’s a difficult dance that requires life-long focus and rebalancing yourself again and again. So I am saying it with hope to be heard and without judgement. The reactive behavior, to my senses, comes from unhealed trauma, not from the lack of intelligence or good intention. But I also believe that anyone who aspires to show the way to others has the obligation to recognize it when they act on fear and fight the beast with tooth and claw. And it is particularly important when fighting a good fight.
How does fanaticism come to exist? I believe that it’s a protective mechanism that shows up in reaction to our fear of horrible things that may happen to us due to no fault of our own but due other people’s poor choices. It’s a tower in one’s head that describes the world in a way that minimizes the sense of helplessness. It’s a reaction to trauma of real or anticipated unearned pain, combined with the lack of desire to investigate the trauma and tackle it head on—or maybe the lack of understanding of how to do it this very second. And perhaps it’s a necessary phase of our emotional growth of every human being…
With all that said, I feel a very strong desire make a case against fear because the times are cray-cray, and we need all hands on deck—and fear is impractical. Fear impacts our bodies, whipping out the hormones that prevent us from thinking straight. If we allow that to happen to us for too long, then instead of acting in an even-headed manner, including in protective ways, we’ll act like fools and regret it later.
(For example, I am not a fan of the popular medical product of the day. Twitter editorials say there isn’t and cannot be any shedding, and perhaps there isn’t, except in, say, Pfizer clinical trial documents— see 8.3.5—and a bunch of other papers, like here and here. But if there is, I am not going to drive myself insane thinking about it all day but instead, do what I think is right, pray for clarity and protection, take a million vitamins, and live my life.)
We are in this mysterious dance with other people, and we are supposed to help each other heal, and it really is a mystery how it works. So I believe that we have an obligation to relax and have faith in joy.”
Tessa Lena from her essay, “On Fear of the Monster and Fanaticism: Some Spontaneous Philosophy.”
I do agree with her that we need to act from love, courage, and joy in this dangerous time. We need to face the fears we have. The fear we may have in this current situation, with this particular monster, is not a unique fear. That is to say, the fear that breaks out in us is a fear we have had at times dormant and at times active from our life’s history, including childhood. Some of my old-time fears include fear that I will not do the right thing, fear that I won’t be adequate to the task, fear of losing my security, fear of conflict, fear of being made to look foolish, fear of shame, fear of suffering. Perhaps of all of those, the fear of shame is most dominant.
So important then to act from love, courage, and joy.
I do what I do, that is I do this radio show, and I am active on social media, and I do what I do in my interactions with my work and my family because I love life, I love people, I love this world, and Life itself. I believe the Monster is attacking what I love, so I act not from fear of the monster, or from my old fears that like to dominate my life, but I act from love of myself, and of others, and of this world.
Courage, or heart, is that which knows the fear, but says, act with heart anyway. Act with love. Act with who I really am. That brings joy. I am joyful when I act from love and from courage. It is love, courage, and joy that will give us the weapons we need to slay this monster. Our fear is not a helpful motivator. I will not let the monster take my love or take my courage or take my joy. While I cannot guarantee the outcome of my fight with the monster using love, courage, and joy, I do know that if I begin with fear, the monster will win.
I woke up with fear today. I see what is happening in Australia and Europe and in the United States with people being manipulated and forced to do things against their will or against their nature.
These are dangerous times. They do not have to be fearful times. Fears will come up. They will arise. Our old foe, fear, will attack us and want to drive us. Love, Courage, and Joy are stronger than fear, when we give them control and let them drive our beliefs and actions.
Acting from Love, Courage, and Joy will result in actions that reflect our true selves. They will be beautiful actions whether or not they result in outcomes that will be convincing to others. But they will defeat the Monster in that the Monster will not control our true self. When we act from fear, the Monster controls us. When we act from Love, Courage, and Joy, the Monster cannot control us.
A shout out of thanksgiving to Tessa Lena for her essay, “On Fear of the Monster and Fanaticism: Some Spontaneous Philosophy.”