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.

How to Become Extinct

How to Become Extinct
Copyright 2010 by Brett A. Fernau

Why does a species become extinct? Primarily because it can’t adapt to changing conditions in its environment. If you base your source of nutrition on only one specific type of plant or animal and, for some reason, that plant or animal is no longer available, you die of starvation. If the ambient temperature must be within a certain narrow range for you to survive, then when it suddenly gets warmer or colder and you can’t find a way to warm up or cool down, you die. If you can only live under the water and the water dries up or if you can only live in the air and you are submerged in water, you die. If you can’t receive and store information about changes in your environment and use that information to predict what will happen in the future, you will eventually become the victim of your environment. Most animals operate in this manner. They can’t control their environment, nor can they predict or adapt to changes therein. The more successful species do indeed adapt and make themselves at home in a changing environment, as evidenced by rats, coyotes, some birds and lots of insects.

The human species is rather unique in its ability to adapt the environment to its needs, rather than adapting to it. Using our intelligence and creativity, we have the ability to find ways to survive nearly every place on earth and under almost any conditions. If humans are deprived of their intelligence and have their creativity inhibited or destroyed, they become subject to all the liabilities of being a simple animal.

If you took a young human and allowed it to grow to adulthood without attempting to teach it anything useful, but instead taught it that humans are no different than any other animal on earth, that they are only a collection of chemicals incapable of true creativity, that any desire for achievement and accomplishment is bad for the other humans because it makes them feel bad, that all humans are the same and so all deserve to receive the same things from life, that suffering is a virtue, that poverty is good and striving for abundance is evil, that possessions are meaningless and degrading, that no one ever really wins or loses, that activity and enthusiasm need to be controlled, that obedience is good and questions are bad, that you only get this one chance at life and then it’s back to the dirt from which you came, then you would have made a very, very good start in rendering that young human incapable of survival. If you then declared the human spirit to be a thing of fantasy and tried in every way to remove it from the public discourse, if you made nothing of all those who would infuse their fellow humans with a sense of right and wrong, a sense of moral behavior, of honesty, integrity, loyalty, courtesy, dignity and honor, you’d have gone a long way towards convincing your fellow humans that they are indeed inferior to animals and should be eliminated from the earth. If you then managed to convince your young human that all thought was illusion, that all effort was futile, and that nothing it could do would make any difference, you’d have created a rather perfect slave, just waiting for you to tell him or her what to do next.

Of course, when everything you are trying to teach your young human is based upon a lie, you won’t get quite the 100% result you are trying to achieve for your bold new world. You can’t eliminate the human spirit by saying it doesn’t exist. Oh, you can suppress it, sure, but you can’t kill it. There will always be that spark of creativity, that irrepressible flare of unexplained ability, which shines like a beacon to those who can still see. Even in the darkest of times there are those among us who shine and think and lead, who create, who build, who encourage, who act. The truth is that each of us has the potential to become able. To be “able” is to think, to decide, to create, to solve, to enrich, to enlighten, to enjoy. The only way to kill the spirit is to get him or her to agree that they’re dead. The lie only works if one agrees with it. You and you alone are responsible for what you have become. To the extent that you have agreed with the lie, that is the extent to which you have become unable. So, disagree. Create something, make a decision and stick with it, solve a problem, think a thought, express an emotion, make a speech, write a letter, talk to a friend, talk to a stranger, go for a walk, light up a dark place, build a house, go to the moon, build a dam to control a river, light a fire to keep warm, grow your own food, start a business, invent a new product, start a movement to make government responsible to the governed. Adapt the environment to better suit your needs, it’s what we spirits do best. We aren’t here to wait around for someone to do something for us. We need to do things for ourselves. Take control, move mountains, tame lions and set an example for your fellow beings of what it is to be an indomitable spirit!!