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Sat Jul 6, 2013, 04:33 PM

112. Fear, yes I raise my hands up to it.

I'm putting the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman situation aside here, as this is irrelevant to my reply.

I will admit up front, that I afraid of African-Americans. And Southern Asian and East Asian, and Europeans, and Latin Americans, and people from Scotland, or from the North of England, or even from Kent. I'm afraid of my next door neighbours!

Mr. Scorpio, I'm focusing on the last sentence: "It's that fear blinds people to a lot of things around them". Again I agree with you there too. When there is a sense of fear and dread in a person - the usual response mechanism is "Fight or Flight". Those people who sideswiped you on that bike definitely had fear and their reaction was to "flight" - to get away. Others do the opposite and fight it out.

Quoting one line of FDR's Inaugural address - the famous one: "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." Taking this single sentence on its own is the best answer to the fear that people have when confronting unknown and unusual people. I feel that this is a lesson I and everyone else can learn from - to fight the fear emotion itself and advance. Not to fight the thing that one may be afraid about. If that fight is fought, it may only bring a temporary victory.

IMO we need to remember FDR's sentence from his inaugural address. Pinch a bit from the Bible (I say Luke 10:27), other things from here and there, and there is the recipe for life itself. Don't be afraid, love your neighbours, love God (for theists only!), and be curious. Never stop learning.

Thanks for posting. I know my reply is a bit rambly and make not that much sense... but to me it does make sense.

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