08/21/2021 The Sum of Our Fears   Leave a comment

One of my favorite things is examining the human condition since we’re all filled with dozens of phobias and fears that have been deeply ingrained from childhood. Most human beings have a few things that scare the bejesus out of them but they hesitate to speak of them. Most people are somewhat embarrassed by their fears and don’t understand why they have them at all. Many times they haven’t a clue as to what created the fears in the first place and just don’t want to look for those answers. I’m not about to try and explain the reasons but I would like to look at the fears themselves.

The following is a sample list of ten fears. Most people have a few fears in common but each persons list is specific to that individual. Read the items closely and you can almost picture in your mind what this fictional list maker looks like and how they’d probably act. To me this list brings to mind the person in high school who had no social skills, no close friends, and always dressed in black. A person afraid of everyone and everything.

Sample List

10-Losing Your Freedom, 9-The Unknown, 8-Pain, 7-Disappointment, 6-Misery, 5-Loneliness, 4-Ridicule, 3-Rejection, 2-Death, 1-Failure

I guess it’s time for me to put up or shut up. Here are my two lists. One is for my early life and the second from my so-called Golden Years. The differences are blatantly obvious.

Childhood List

10-Death, 9-Darkness, 8-The Unknown, 7-Lack of Bravery, 6-Needles, 5-Bullies, 4-Sex, 3-Girls, 2-Public Speaking,1-Claustrophobia

Adulthood List

10-Hospitals, 9-Loneliness, 8-Aging, 7-Retirement, 6-Lack of Independence, 5-Claustraphobia, 4-Blindness, 3-Heights, 2-Doctors, 1-Death

So there it is. Baring my soul for all to see with almost no fear of embarrassment. My early list changed dramatically as I aged from fears of how to live, to the later list of fears about death and dying. Is it depressing? For me it is but so what. Every person ever born on this planet has had the same fears as they grew older. They all handled it, sometimes well and sometimes not, and so will I. And so will you.

I always remember this quote from Socrates, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Spend a few minutes and make your own lists.

EXAMINE IT!

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