Intelligent people may fear things, fear dates when looming on calendars because their debt it due, some deadline has consequences, or an ultimatum date has implications.
But, seriously, who could be afraid of a Friday? We aren’t afraid of the 12th or the 14th, so why is this Friday 13th important? If you are afraid of this date, there isn’t much anyone can do for your fear based on some belief, superstition of anecdote.
I love FDR’s quote, a most illogical piece of language, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt – we have nothing to fear but fear itself – in his first inaugural address, March 4, 1933. He illogical statement was given to an adoring public who had faith in him, hope in him, as the great depression had his country in its grip – not a thinking person’s solution, but certainly a hopeful person’s salve.
You have nothing to fear but …
If we have nothing to fear, what would that be like?
Life is full of risk, which need not equate to fear of anything – but respecting (not necessarily agreeing with) that risk is important.
Life is full of risk. Live is full. Life is risk. There is nothing to fear. If we lives without constant concern for our safety, if we had some imaginary protection from all perils, we would have an idyllic life for about five minutes until we would realize there is no edge to it, no need for prudent action of any kind because we are invincible.
That’s fantasy – about as valuable as superstition. We are all at risk, from everything. Every day. Including today – no different than any other.
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 7C/45F, strong Chinook winds, melting snow seems to smell great to Gusta who had too many distractions to call it a steady long walk – but we tried for that!
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