“Fear is the mind-killer“, fear has kept me from writing from my heart and soul for years now. “Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration“, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of no one listening, fear of too much popularity, fear of sounding stupid; has kept me from starting this blog about religion and philosophy. In the past I feared that my writing would be meaningless without an audience. At the same time I was afraid to say anything because someone might act on that, and what if I led them astray (talk about unconscious arrogance) or someone would disagree with what I said and would hate me. That’s the fear’s power, you can fear two contradictory things at the same time, and the fear still works at preventing you from moving.
It is time to heed Roosevelt,the only thing we have to fear is fear itselfnameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. For too long I have let those fears stop me from advancing. This article is the beginning of the end of my fear. I will continue to fight fear as best I can, and write what comes to my mind, philosophy, spirituality, politics, and anything and everything that comes to mind and is worth saying. I do this for myself. These ideas and thoughts and expressions need to be be written down, published so that I can improve my thinking, my writing, and hopefully my life.
Too long has that fear kept me from moving forward. I’m now calling BS on those fears and moving on. If no one is listening, it doesn’t matter, because the act of writing is making me stronger and better. If I sound foolish to my own ears, all the better since I will learn from that feeling. And if by some miracle someone out in the wide world can gain something from my writing I will have been doubly blessed. To slightly mis-quote Frank Herbert, [When] the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.