It’s not monsters under the bed or even the fear of death that paralyzes us the most. It is our ever present, deeply rooted fear of the unfamiliar. We become racist because of this; isolationist because of this; stuck in our old ruts because of this.
Of course we argue that it is natural to be afraid of the unknown. But is it? Isn’t the unknown always the place of growth? Could we ever have given up crawling and learned to walk if the fear of the unknown is hardwired into us? Babies and toddlers actually test everything that is unfamiliar—usually by sticking it in their mouth.
Those of you who know me know that I seek out the unfamiliar; I push the limits. Yet that fear of the unfamiliar is always there in me and all of us. Here’s a small example that inspired me to write this Blog:
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