I feel that Mrs. Walker made a very valid point about our fears helping us decide our future.
Every time I fear anything, my mind swarms with "What if?" I create all sorts of scenarios that sometimes increase the level of fear. Ultimately, these affect my decision making more than any other influences such as discussing it with a loved one or even a coworker. It makes a lot of sense to me when Mrs. Walker comments on our fears and stories being a way to change our future. The outcomes are endless! As far as the story of the Essex crew goes, I myself have never heard it or read the Moby Dick novel so I neither agree or disagree. Although now I feel I must pick it up very soon! I do not disagree with anything she has said. It has taken me by surprise that someone was able to put it into sensible words considering it is something I have always done.