Fear Is Illusion

Fear is an unpleasant emotion—which can be rational or irrational—caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm. At some points in life fears that seems irrational must be eradicated. Fear is nothing but illusion which is blocking you from seeing the reality, thus you’re actually stronger than your fear – whatever it may be. This article will discuss the most common types of fears that people face on a daily basis and how to see beyond them, in order to experience a wonderful and fulfilled life.

Fear of confrontation, fear of saying “NO” and people pleasing attitudes are irrational, these types of fear will make you vulnerable to conformity and manipulation. If you have these types of fear manipulators can spot you from a mile away, and once they play their tricks on you and it works, they will continue pulling your strings. But if you don’t want to be a victim, the best method of countering these types of fear is to stay true to yourself and be yourself no matter the situation. Keep your head up wherever you found yourself, do your things in a way that satisfy your soul, and never allow the fear of failure, error, and rejection to paralyse your being.

Fear of failure, error, and rejection can be unpleasant for some people, while it can be pleasant for other people. These types of fear are usually acknowledged by the pessimists – due to their negative outlook of life; while they are usually rejected by the optimists – due to their positive outlook of life. For instance, the pessimists will consider failure as fatal, while the optimists will consider failure as an opportunity for growth. In a nutshell, the optimists are not bothered about these types of fear, as they usually take their chances with two possible outcomes, but failure is not one of them. Thus, the pessimists must learn that out of uncertainty comes certainty, out of impossibility comes possibility, and out of every test comes a valuable lesson. You must stand tall to walk the journey of life, don’t be paralysed by non-rational fear of death.

Fear of death can be unpleasant and yet non-rational. On the one hand, this type of fear is the greatest of all unpleasant fears experienced by humankind and there’s nothing wrong with that. Besides, that is how the human brain is wired – for we are born to live and fulfil our life purpose. On the other hand, this type of fear can be non-rational when people are paralysed by fear of doing normal things in life – to an extent it seems they’re barely living. A maxim has it that ‘the courageous may not live eternally, but the coward will barely feel alive.’ Realistically, death is one of the inevitable factors which makes life seems unfair. Nevertheless, being courageous to live with intent regardless of that fact and admit the inevitability of death will make life worth living. As a matter of fact, dying is an act of living; it indicates a completed cycle of life. That being said, those who believes in reincarnation are confident to live again after biological death.

In conclusion, the life of human flourishing is attained when a person is not afraid to explore, take chances, try new things, take reasonable risks and leap of faiths. Summon the courage to look beyond your fears, and you will see and experience a wonderful life. The great predicaments that befell humankind can be traced back to irrational fear, these includes organised religions, wars, nepotism, racism, religious and political extremism, sexism and lots more. It is high time we turn the table around, let’s incorporate reasonable courage, kindness, love, and knowledge into our daily lives to make our world a better place.

6 thoughts on “Fear Is Illusion

  1. Very interesting and nicely thought out. I will point out a couple of issues. As an Anthropologist for 55 years, Thanatologist (Death & Dying) 45 years, and college professor (including Critical Thinking) for 22 years I will point out that “fear of death” must be distinguished into two areas: Fear of being dead; and, Fear of getting dead. They are two very different things. And, “irrational” is unintelligible, an example being glossolalia or “talking in tongues”. What you mean is non-rational, that is, based on a belief or presumption for which there is no objective evidence. Other than that, a very nice read.

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    • I really appreciate your astute comment and feedback regarding the fear of death. Thus “irrational” can be replaced with “non-rational” in the fear of death section. But, do you mean there is no “irrational fear,” which is also known as “phobia”?

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      • “Irrational” should be used to refer to communication which portrays no reason, as in structure and logic. I do not know if you know the reference I made to glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, but it is simply random utterances supposedly made while under the influence of an unseen god. The speaker cannot repeat it, does not know what it meant, and no listener can translate it. It is utterly irrational. It is characteristic of a psychotic episode, and has no application in discussions of phobia or any other psychic state beyond psychosis.

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        • I understand what you meant by glossolalia or speaking in tongues. It’s a common phenomenon among religious folks and I’ve seen some people speaking that mumbo jumbo in the church. That aside, I mean a phobia is an irrational fear of something that’s unlikely to cause harm. For instance, atychiphobia which is an irrational and persistent fear of failing. Also conflict phobia or fear of confrontation. What’s your thought on those aforementioned, do you think they exist or not?

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    • Thank you for admitting that those pathologies does exist. Regarding your comment on “irrational” being the most misused word in the English language, some words in the English language can have various meanings based on the context, location, and time. That being said, the irrational fear of death will be changed to non-rational fear of death for more accuracy of that section of the article. Again, thanks for the input.

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