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Trey Thompson

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What do you think of fear? Do we need? Can you take it out of your life?

i believe fear is useless. I believe it slows down your responses to situations lowers confidence, and fogs up the logic of situations.
When you're faced with a threat and you call Mr. Fear do you think he'll help you better than Mr. Willpower.
And just because you don't have fear doesn't you're Mr. Big Stuff,
or Mr. Hotshot. It means you can live more peacefully, not thinking about all the bad things that can happen to you and get ready for them. I don't feed into fear, I repel it.


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  • Mar 16 2013: The opposite of love is not hate. It is fear. Whether it's choosing work, or going to war - choices are made on the basis of one or the other. Hunter-gatherers and vernacular societies had it easy - they chose what to do for work based on what they were good at, which in turn became something they loved (ever meet a cabinet maker who hated the smell of sawdust; or couldn't make a clean joint??).

    The more money and 'things' that swirl around a society, the greater the risk of becoming more fear-based. What is 'subsistence' in the USA, anyways? Does not having a 42" flat panel constitute impoverished? Only owning one, old beat up car? Fear of not having 'things' drives a lot of irrational, or at least unsustainable, behavior. See discussion in other forum about how to raise creative children. It takes courage to overcome fear of not having stuff in order to follow one's passion for, say, a life in the creative arts. Seems to me there was a time (admittedly with its own set of problems and downsides that probably far outweighed whatever goodness we imagine existed) when this was not always the case.
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      Mar 16 2013: I like how you put fear in a different way. It's interesting to think how fear has evolved and shaped us.
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      Mar 17 2013: I agree Tom, that at any given time, we are coming from a base of love or fear. We can be living a life that is love based and still experience times of fear. When our life becomes fear based, however, it creates a totally different life experience, which you insightfully express Tom:>)

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