The human mind is an fascinating neighborhood to explore. It is truly a perfect, self-contained unit. Computers covet the human mind for its creativity, response time, originality and uniqueness. And no matter how many advances guys like Bill Gates (bagillionaire to the nth degree) happen upon, they will never in fact, duplicate it. Just like drugs will never completely mimic the self-repairing aspects of the human body – I think it just can’t be done. I’m sure you scientific types will challenge me – but I doubt you will manage to persuade me to change my mind.
So…what scares us? I know people who are afraid of mice, spiders, cockroaches and bees. Why? They are a fraction of the size of most humans. They don’t have the same reasoning abilities or the ingenuity – so what’s to fear? Could it be, somewhere down the genetic alleyway they were giant, menacing creatures that ate us for breakfast? (Just a little salt & pepper, nix on the hot sauce.) Is there an automatic imprint in our minds that tell us there is danger?
What about scary movies? I loved them when I was a teenager – but as an adult they bother me. In fact, movies in the recent past have made me afraid of my bathroom, wells, unlit rooms, my neighbors and even tomatoes! (Okay, lying about the tomatoes.) What changed? What happened? Life? Experience? A latent or deeply buried signal that reactivated after so many hours of exposure to horror movies?
How about fear of commitment…the intangible fear. Is it fear of the future or lack thereof? Is it based on experience or is it just a reminder that queues up flashing pictures of previous lost loves that confused us? The reason for which we still haven’t discovered? Do each of us possess a lookout scout to forewarn us of those things that will surprise and hurt us in an unexpected way?
Finally, the big picture – fear of death and destruction, terrorism, blowing up the planet, dying, taxes, no future for our children – all the many things that we feel we have absolutely no control over. And I suppose that is the worst fear of all. Being afraid that things will happen and we have no power to change, avert or avoid them. That our only choice is to face them in whatever way we can, when and if it happens. I suppose these are the real challenges for us – those things that make us rise or fall to the occasion. The things that show us what we are made of and if in fact, we are cowards or heroes.
Something to think about, don’t you think?