Fear – Its Cause and Its Cure

Fear, Its Cause and Its Cure
By Brett A. Fernau

What is it that we fear? Nothing. No, I don’t mean that there isn’t anything that we fear. I mean that what we fear is nothing, the absence of anything. In the case of a living thing, what we fear is the absence of life. More precisely, we living things fear the absence of the awareness of the state of being alive. We fear death. Death of what? Death of our own identity, death of our personality. We fear becoming nothing, we fear the loss of our personal identity. This is true of all living things. We fear that we will not survive. That fear is what gives someone or something else power over us. If that someone or something can put an end to our existence, then we are subject to fear. If you can be killed, you can be controlled. If you fear death, then a threat of death can influence your behavior.

How you react to force or a threat of force depends upon how much you fear death. The magnitude of your fear depends upon how much you have agreed that you can be killed. If you have agreed that you are a biochemical machine with no ability beyond those inherent in the machine itself, your level of fear will be the controlling factor in how you live your life. In other words, if you are convinced that you are born, live and die just this once, that this life which you are currently experiencing is a completely unique experience, then you can be made to be afraid of dying. You can be made to behave in any number of ways because you fear death. You can be convinced to act against your own self-interests and those of your fellow living creatures because anything is better that nothing. That is the key to the whole subject of control of behavior. Anything is better than nothing.

Fear is based upon agreements which you have made. You have agreed that being nothing is bad. You have agreed that you have an identity; that you have a personality. You have agreed that you are dependent upon your body for your identity and your personality. You have agreed that you are your body and that when the life of your body ends, so does your identity and your personality. You have agreed that you can die and you fear death because death is nothingness and nothing is bad. You are surrounded by these agreements; everywhere you look you see them. Everything around you is fighting desperately to survive, you, your family, your friends and neighbors, mankind, plants and animals; all the living things you see are seeking survival in one way or another, either as a species or as individuals. This is the reality we all agree upon. Survival is something one does, an activity, the most important of activities. We are controlled by those things which threaten our survival.

Every day on television, radio, the internet, in newspapers and magazines you are bombarded with reports of events and eventualities that seem to be a threat to your survival; floods, fires, disease, famine, climate change, crime, financial collapse, societal breakdown, terrorism, and more. Every day you are asked to agree that in order for you to live you ought to let someone who knows more than you do tell you what to do. You think, perhaps, that if you give up a little of your freedom to make your own decisions you will be more secure, more likely to survive. You shift responsibility for your own survival onto other things; the police, your doctor, the fire department, city, state and federal government.

How much of your life or your freedom are you willing to surrender in order to survive?

There is something you should know. You are you, no matter what happens to you. And nothing can happen to you unless you agree to it. To you. Not to your body. Because you are you. You are an identity. You are a personality. You are your soul. You can only be controlled by threat of force. What if force can’t affect you? What if you will still be you, even if your body is destroyed? What if survival is your defining characteristic? Imagine yourself without form or substance and yet possessing your present identity and personality. Imagine, too, that you have been so for a very, very long time. Imagine that survival in inherent in your very nature, as is creativity. If this is you, what could make you afraid? Nothing. Nothing but your own agreements that you are something other then what you actually are.

Look around you. Examine your agreements. Change your mind. Know yourself. Know that you are inherently good, inherently creative, inherently helpful, curious, playful, loving, moral, faithful, truthful and be yourself. You have nothing to lose but your fear.


Emergency Preparedness for Beginners: Part 7 – Physical Fitness

Emergency Preparedness for Beginners: Part 7 – Physical Fitness
By Brett A. Fernau

An important factor to consider in your disaster plan is your own physical fitness. Will you be physically able to perform those tasks necessary to ensure your survival and the survival of your family, friends and neighbors? Can you carry your Get-Home Bag from where you find yourself when disaster strikes to your home where most of your supplies are stored? Are you strong enough to climb down the rope ladder you have hung out your second-story window when you need to get out of your house? If you need to leave your home, can you hike the distance to your preplanned safe location? Will you be able to dig holes for waste, haul water, stand watch, walk a sentry post, respond to a call for reinforcements on your perimeter? No? Then you need to start a training program so that you can do those things.

If you are overweight, losing that extra weight would be a good place to start. Get some help, if you need it. Talk to your doctor, if you need to. If you have medical problems, see if there might be some way to overcome them through diet and exercise. Again, get help. Some conditions can be cured or at least controlled through a proper diet and exercise program. I know this to be true. I have done it. I lost 85 lbs., changed my diet, got some exercise each day and beat Type II Diabetes. In nine months, I got myself off of all prescription medications.

Once you’ve gotten your medical problems under control, you can build yourself up from there. Start slowly. Walking is good. Try 30 minutes a day. If you can’t do that, try 5 or 10 minutes a day and work up to 30 minutes. Swim, hike, jog, run, lift weights, join a gym, get a personal trainer, get a bicycle and ride it, take the dog for a walk, mow the lawn, work in your garden, do something.

Get outside and do things. Walk around your neighborhood. While you do that, pay close attention to your surroundings. Train yourself to be more aware of what is going on around you, all around you. Listen, smell, look, feel the wind, taste the atmosphere. The more information you get from your environment, the more you can know about what is happening in it. Being prepared has to include heightened awareness and that requires that you get out and look. You have to be able to go find out what is going on in your neighborhood. If you don’t know what is happening around you, there will be nothing you can do about it. You will be unprepared. If it is difficult for you to get around, you will have more of your attention on your body and less on your surroundings. If you are physically fit and able to move quietly and easily, you will be more able to survive in a disaster scenario.

It is important for you to include some sort of physical fitness program in your plan to be prepared for an emergency. Get yourself fit and you’ll be an asset to your group, able to help where your help is needed. Consider all the previously mentioned tasks you will need to perform if you are without municipal utilities, practice them while it is comfortable to do so. Learn which of those tasks it is difficult for you to perform and work at getting more able to do all the things you will need to do in order to survive when you are short on rations, under a lot of stress and have others depending upon you to help.