Remember how some dude said something about “the only thing to fear is fear itself?” (I’m being intentionally glib, fyi, so don’t give me too much trouble.) Well, today I actually thought about what that means. Why? I’ll tell you.

Early this morning I left the comfort of my Tel Aviv flat and took a bus to Jerusalem. I grabbed a bagel & cream cheese and then hopped on my tour with Breaking the Silence to the South Hebron Hills in the West Bank. I’ll upload photos and video from the tour and share them later (it’s important for people to see), but one thing that our tour guide said resonated with me. It’s to do with fear. And its many uses and powers.

Fear and Life

Over the past few months I’ve definitely grown as a person. I’ve probably regressed a little, too, but that’s another story. I’ve been afraid of a lot of things in my life. I’ve let many of these fears control my life for a long time. It’s taken me a while to grow up and grow out of some of them, but now I’m much less likely to let the fear of something affect my life. I’m in complete and total control of my life right now with very few commitments (oh! that’s another fear of mine!) and I’ve been able to break out of my comfort zone.

Fear has too much power. We need to step up, step away and allow ourselves to be free. We need to remember that the only thing to fear is, in fact, fear itself. What else is there to be afraid of?

We cannot allow fear to control our lives. Especially when it trickles down from the top. Especially when its put into place for political, almost Orwellian motives.

I admit I haven’t seen many of the things that others have seen. I know I’m living in a Tel Avivian bubble, but there is just too much irrational fear based on old standards and bad history. And too many people let these irrational fears control them, their lives and their neighbors’ lives. This is wrong.

You absolutely must not be unnecessarily afraid. Once you lose the fear, you are free.

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