Sunday, October 30, 2011

#303 / Fear Not #2

Shakespeare has advised us that:

Cowards die many times before their deaths;

The valiant never taste of death but once.

Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,

It seems to me most strange that men should fear;

Seeing that death, a necessary end,

Will come when it will come.

"Julius Caesar", Act 2 scene 2

This is a rather "prudential" and "unemotional" approach to fear, it seems to me. Quite rational. It makes me think of that song I like (or at least the title of that song): Why Worry?

To the extent that fear is debilitating; to the extent that Faulkner is right, and that we will prevail in this life only insofar as we can face our fears, and then forget them; to the extent that by our fears we import death to life before its time, and lose, therefore, the life we have..."

Fear not" is good advice, indeed, commanded or not.

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