Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 month ago

Would it be fair to say that a person who fears they might be wasting their life, might in fact be doing so, by virtue of the fear itself?

3 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Most people do not choose to have a fear.  I don't think we can call it a voluntary act, either of wastefullness or anything else.

  • No.  A fear is's the reaction to the fear that has meaning.  If one does not let fear change their goals in life, it's not wasted.

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "Might" is ~ a first order logic term; "fair" ~ = "accurate"; if fear prevents "doing," then yes.

    "Fear" itself is of OE faer, "sudden danger," etc.  So there is good commonsense fear re survival (e.g. the Biblical "Elisha, there is death in the pot!" and there is groundless fear, and there is a graded array between the two.

    It is more germane to regard the groundless side of fear as unenlightened selfish interest, by which the sinner existentially fears losing its temporary identity.  Rather, the sinner ego ought realize, with enlightened self-interest, that it survives inasmuch as it puts off itself with its deeds, and puts on the true Self.  Groundless fear is a human ego knowing it's mortal, rather than the accurately fearless Child of Light who knows "I Am immortal."


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    Light Is a Living Spirit;

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