It’s Poison here people, been suffering from the art block so I’ve had time to do lots of thinking. I figured that I would throw in my two cents on people and being afraid.
In life, most or all of us wish to be successful. From the day we are born to the day we die we all will probably strive for a goal, we all will be constantly moving towards something that we want in order to help us justify our existence. If you have nothing to strive for right now then please for the love of all that’s good find something to wake up for. Anyways, on the path towards our goals in life we will encounter a feeling, an emotion, known as Fear. Lionel already gave you all the description earlier so I assume you all know what it is. This emotion can and will hold you back from great things in life if you let it. On the other end it can be fuel for your sensibility.
The fact is that fear isn’t something we can simply use our will power to make disappear…well most average people can’t do that. Fear is something that will be with you all your life and that’s a fact. Some people haven’t met something they fear in this life as of yet while others are more reckless but the fact remains that everybody has something they are afraid of. When we at The Infection say ‘fuck fear’ we don’t mean to say that it’s something to be done away with but we mean that you can’t let it control you. In saying that, I want to share my definition of what it means to be ‘fearless’.
The Poison Apple Dictionary definition of ‘Fearless’- The state of being fearless is not to be lacking fear but to not let it have any power over you or your decisions. Fear still exists but it’s something that takes a back seat to whats important to you in life.
So how does someone achieve the Poison state of fearlessness?
The answer is quite simple. There are three simple steps to overcoming any fear. Dependent on the fear some may take longer than others but they I can guarantee you that this way will work. The three steps are to A) Identify, (B) Accept and (C) confront.
A) Identify the fear. In some cases we don’t know what we are afraid of. The source of most fears is simply because of a lack of knowledge. Humans naturally fear that which they cannot understand. A simple example is in phobias, which are defined as irrational fears. Now the key word in that is irrational, like Lionel said. So the simple fact is that we now have to make sense of the fear. Once you can make sense of something then you can begin to devise ways to control it and once you can control it you’re well on the path towards overcoming your fears.
B) Accept your fear. Yes, this goes against what Lionel said earlier but I think it’s necessary for someone to accept the fact that they have a fear of something in order to overcome it. If you never accept the fact that you do or did have a fear of something then how can you get over it? By not accepting it you’re simply avoiding the issue. I hate when people avoid issues. It’s the worst kind of cowardice there is, to not talk about something because it’s inconvenient to people or it taints their delicate virgin ears…bastards. Back on topic! The fact is that you need to accept the existence of something in order to be able to tackle it. When it comes to fear it’s not as simple as accepting it and just taking it down though, but that’s why the first step of identification is necessary. Once you know it and accept it you can begin to control it because you now understand it.
C) Confront your fears. You need to slowly edge yourself into the mouth of the beast. A warning: There is a difference between fear and caution. Know it. Fear is the one thing we don’t need, it’s the irrational part of our being that tells us to stay back and not go forward when we need to the most. Caution is different, it’s the rational part of our being that tells us that something is dangerous and we need not approach it but be wary of it. Before you confront your fear you need to decide if what you feel isn’t caution or fear. This is why the prior two steps need to be taken before getting to this stage. If you’re afraid of being robbed, you take a self defense class but don’t go out looking for trouble. I’m just saying that you should confront your fears in a controlled environment and you shouldn’t just jump into dangerous things or things that could bring you or others harm.
Finally, once you’ve completed the three steps you can be assured that you will be closer to being fearless but you’ll be far from foolish. That’s what we at The Infection want you, the people who live life in fear of things, to achieve. We want you people to get up and be able to approach the world not just rushing in but calmly and be able to rationalize. In the words of Tupac Shakur ‘real eyes realize real lies’ and it is the truth. When your eyes become clouded by fear it leads to horrible judgment calls that lead you to hurting yourself more than if you were to approach fear in these three simple steps. When we approach things with caution it yields a far better result for you and those who believe in you. Remember, Fear is foolish while real fools don’t know caution.
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