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On Fear and the Right to Resist It

Updated: Mar 30


Fear, although undesired by many, is often a “good” way to keep people under control by either authorities, bullies and manipulators. By installing fear among the populace, you increase their own paralysis from doing anything that goes against what the installed fear advocates what “should” or “needs” to be avoided.


It is perhaps that there are people of some power even today that use the method of fear-installing to keep the supervised body/ies from doing anything they (the people of power) don’t want them to do.


If the last statement is true, then there are indeed people whose fear has taken too much control over their lives, when “too much control” can be described as equivalent to the paralysis of the self.

In most cases where the statement may be true, the implementation of fear into the consciousness is often not justified enough, and/or immoral, even if the method itself has proven to be effective.

So are the corrupt possibilities of being in a state of authority, that can easily blind the figure of power if they aren’t strong enough to resist said temptation through an enduring moral code.

Because it can be possible that most occasions aren’t justified when they limit the internal or external freedom of the individual, the individual has technically the right to resist said implementation when they believe they have a justified reason to want to live in a state of fearless peace and harmony.


The potentially-only good occasion where fear should be implemented upon others, is when the situation at hand is about life and death and can save our lives with minimal-to-no casualties. In that sense it is indeed not only effective but a good functionality a fear can be implemented.

But beyond fatal potentials, potentials of life and death — we all have the right to want to live in peace and with as little fear as possible, and resisting, even if it will be met with negative feedback and disapproval, is nonetheless justified, because no one has the right to make us fear from doing things we want and/or need to do.


Hence why the writer should write, the speaker should speak and the artist should resume their work even when met with people who don’t want to consume your content, because their lack of will alone doesn’t justify the dominance of a potential self-paralysis, even if the people in question are of authority. People of authority can’t just order you to shut up by their mere will to do so; an additional justification is required.


Therefore, whenever you feel afraid of something or someone, ask yourself if there's actually something to be afraid about. Should you find at least a one, very good reason as to why you shouldn't fear, practice on overcoming this fear. Remember that you too have a place in this world, no matter how many people will tell you to "go home" and "be quiet". Irrational, unproportionate emotions often lead to irrational, unproportionate people, which isn't necessarily a beneficial state of being in this context.


And finally, a tip -- whenever you are very worried to the extant of fear, practice a mantra or melody that you will associate with bravery and triumph, and think about it while the emotion arouses. Perhaps this tip will help you better cope with the often-irrational proportions of fear or major worries.

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