The six fears of man – a beginning discussion

We all have fears

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

Man’s fears

The six fears are labeled as:

  • Fear of Poverty
  • Fear of Death
  • Fear of Ill-Health
  • Fear of the Loss of Love
  • Fear of Old Age
  • Fear of Criticism

Why do we fear

Every person on earth is afraid of something. Most fears are inherited. Your fears must be mastered before you can win in any worth-while undertaking in life. Find out how many of the six fears are bothering you, but more important than this, determine, also how to conquer these fears.

As you read and learn about these fears, analyze yourself and find out which of them does you the most damage.

Observe that the six characters are at your back, where you cannot conveniently see them. Every human being on this earth is bound down to some extent by one or more of these unseen fears. The first step to be taken in killing off these enemies is to find out where and how you acquired them.

They got their grip upon you through two forms of heredity. One is known as physical heredity, to which Darwin devoted so much study. The other is known as social heredity, through which the fears, superstitions and beliefs of men who lived during the dark ages have been passed on from one generation to another.

First, the part that physical heredity has played in creating these six basic fears.

Starting at the beginning, we find that Nature has been a cruel builder. From the lowest form of life to the highest, Nature has permitted the stronger to prey upon the weaker forms of animal life. The fish prey upon the worms and insects, eating them bodily. Birds prey upon the fish. Higher forms of animal life prey upon the birds, and upon one another, all the way up the line to man. And, man preys upon all the other lower forms of animal life, and upon man.

The whole story of evolution is one unbroken chain of evidence of cruelty and destruction of the weaker by the stronger. No wonder the weaker forms of animal life have learned to fear the stronger. The fear consciousness is born in every living animal.

So much for the fear instinct that came to us through physical heredity. Now let us examine social heredity, and find out what part it has played in our make-up. The term “social heredity” has reference to everything that we are taught, everything we learn or gather from observation and experience with other living beings.

Conquering fear

Fear can be conquered but you need to understand the fear itself.

Next we will post a general discussion about the six basic fears.

Michael Wilkovesky

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