Be Afraid…

Yeah, whatever.  The article from Zero Hedge is instructive in the business of fearfulness.  There is a medical family who lives in the mountains near me, and they’re friends of mine – but they are afraid. They had the plague, they had the vax, and they alone, wear masks. The plague made them sick – more or less like the flu. Same with me. Not my first flu. Not theirs either. But they’re afraid.

From the article – Indeed, many of them see your refusal to be as frightened as they are about life’s inevitable risks as a grave problem which entitles them and their often powerful and influential fellow travelers to recur to all manner of authoritarian practices to ensure that you adhere to their increasingly neurotic view of reality.

This tendency has been in full bloom lately as the people who have sat safely behind their laptops during the last 20 months have harangued and threatened those who have been out on job sites and meatpacking plants mixing freely with others and the virus, to internalize their own obsessions.

There are people who are on this blog who are quite ill. I won’t out you but you know who you are. Nobody likes to be sick and to take it a step further, nobody wants to die – but both are in our future. None of us will live past 110 so do the math, count backward, and decide how you want to live what you have left.

I’ve had chronic pain that I’m not able to kick after not being treated for non-plague issues, and then when I was close to dying, they operated. Too late. But I suck it up and I don’t go out and lift heavy things very often. When I do, I pay. My point is that fear always makes things worse. Prudence usually makes them better but not always.

I revert often to Man’s Search for Meaning by Dr. Viktor Frankl, a Psychiatrist. The memoir is riveting with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Frankl discusses how to cope with unavoidable suffering.

The new Dune movie is out covering the first half of the book. I re-read the book and may go and see the film, but to my point, there is this quote: I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. Frank Herbert knew what he was writing about. Fear and panic create more harm than a resolute view of life and living said life – and hopefully dying well.

And the article cited concludes this way – Worse yet, these self-frightened elites seem to think they can now remedy their lack of credibility with those living outside their grim prison of angst by simply amping up the volume on the scare machine. I suspect they might be in for a bigger and much more “physical” set of responses than they ever imagined could come their way.


Karma is a bitch.


  1. A bunch of science fiction writers ended up being pretty darn prophetic if only in the overarching environment the story exists in. Dune is certainly one of them.

    Thanks for the reference, I will check out “Man’s Search for Meaning”. It seems as I get older I am more and more interested in books that describe how people have dealt with adversity and life in general.

  2. I liked the meme saying they have made a virtue out of fear and, the more fear they feel, the more virtuous they feel about themselves.

  3. I’m sure I’m just repeating what someone else said far better than I ever could: if you fear…, you’ll never live – I think I learned this when I was about five. Since then, seventy-five years ago, I’ve learned to assess the risk and ignore the unpleasant contractions in my gut.
    I still ignore people who tell me, “You can’t do that.” Mostly, I still just assess the risk and if worthwhile (or necessary), do it and wonder in which one of the bolge I’ll meet them in the long run.

  4. You left out the most pertinent part of the litany;

    “..I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
    And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

    It is inspired by the Shakespearian quote from Julius Caesar.
    I met Frank Herbert and got to spend a little time with him after a presentation he gave. Fascinating man.

    Karma is indeed a bitch and it is time for her to wake the hell up and get back on the job

  5. I know of only on way to handle fear. Get up every day and start putting one foot in front of the other. Sit on your ass and you die, or might as well be dead.

  6. A day as a tiger or a year as a lamb?

    I saw a trailer for Dune and thought, “Hmm, it’s basically Star Wars.” I might give it a shot just for Jason Momoa.

    • You have an unhealthy fascination with Jason Momoa since you saw him at that market in England…. just saying.

        • Frank Herbert was one of those visionary authors whose work stood the test of time. It’s a pity that he didn’t write more.

      • The reviews for the first half of the story of Book 1 – Dune are quite good. The first movie was bad.

        • I didn’t think the first one was that bad. It was overreaching, and I think they bit of more than they could chew. I was disappointed in it, but some books just don’t go to the screen very well.

          Like Atlas Shrugged , for example. I have all three episodes, and besides the fact that the cast changed with every episode (WTF??), it just didn’t get the book across very well.

          • Dune is a very difficult story to show on film. With CGI, they can cover a multitude of flubs from the days before it became available.

            Atlas Shrugged should have been an easier story to tell with competent acting, script and production crew.

  7. “Perfect love casts out fear” – though, as I understand it, the word translated as ‘perfect’ meant something along the lines of ‘working as intended’ ?

  8. Perfect faith casts out fear. Whether suicide bombers or other martyrs. Though where that puts them on the other side depends on how you view things.

  9. The advice or exhortation commonly known as “Live Your Life” or “Tecumseh’s Poem” says it very well. The part about gratitude is extremely important, in my not particularly humble opinion.

    A dear friend’s father was diagnosed with cancer late last year. It is apparently in remission after treatment, but the man has become more of a selfish bastard than ever. He is daily terrified of death, and makes all manner of (to my mind, unreasonable) demands on his wife and family because “I could die any time!” Yes. But so could we all, so what’s the big deal? I feel sorry for the man, but sad for my friend who, as a dutiful daughter, has to put up with his narcissistic nonsense.

    • Lost my father 25 years ago at 57. Hardly sick a day in his life. Did his stint in the Marines, and became a successful real estate developer after he and my mom hardly had two nickels to rub together. Was planning to slow down and enjoy life. Then bam. Never once complained about his soon demise. Healthy one day, gone six months later. But faced it with courage and inevitability. He did say “It would easier to git in the a$$ by a bus, never see it coming and it’s over quick. His only concern was my mom’s welfare. Even up to the end he showed us boys how to handle bad situations with humility and grace and courage, told us that fearing death is a waste of time.

  10. We none of us get out alive. When I was about 19, a thought or premonition came to me that I would not live past 22. Even then, I didn’t fear death, but sought to get as much done as quickly and efficiently as possible. I think of each day and hour in the 43 years since then as purely a miracle and have rejoiced in the gifts from God. No need for fear, and I plan to die with my boots on.

    There are some things I choose to not undertake as I age, not out of fear, but knowing that the potential recovery time will limit my enjoyment of life with my wee lass and add to her anxiety. Even so, there’s an adventure around every corner that is well matched to each of our capabilities. It’s never about how one dies, but how one lives.

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