—Tolstoy (from “A Calendar of Wisdom” by Leo Tolstoy, Roger Cockrell)
If you are afraid of something, you should know that the cause of your fear is something within, rather than outside, you.
The opposite of fear is love—love of the challenge, love of the work, the pure joyous passion to take a shot at our dream and see if we can pull it off.
—Steven Pressfield in ‘Do the Work’
It get’s worse the more important it is to us
The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we’ll feel towards pursuing it.
— Dave in ‘The Resistance is Real’
I feel it as a fear of failure – a what if. I wonder if its also a fear of success – and the change that may bring?
If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.
—Chief Dan George (read in this week’s hacker newsletter)
Most people interviewed by Reuters declined to be named even when expressing relatively benign views on China’s leaders out of fear they would face repercussions.
“If the Communist Party tells us the sky is black, then the sky is black,” said one retiree strolling through Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, declining to give his name.
When he said that I am beautiful, I sighed and told him, “You too, Juan? I wish people were not so obsessed with beauty and women got complimented for their brains too.” To which, he brought his face really close to my ears and whispered, “That will never happen, señorita. Men are scared of intelligent women.“
When a bureaucrat or authority figure refuses to explain ‘why’, he is showing fear (because he’s not sure why) and contempt (because he doesn’t have to care).