Fear in the Time of Pandemic


The whole world Is a very narrow bridge
and the main thing is to have no fear at all
(Rabbi Nachman of Breslov)

 

I must not fear.

Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.

Only I will remain.
(Bene Gesserit Litany against fear from Frank Herbert’s Dune)

Fear leads to panic when staying calm and sheltering in place is important for our survival.

Overcoming fear and panic is important because fear and panic leads to bad choices and a sense of hopelessness.

These are lessons I have learned from a hard life.  Heroes are the ones who go on and do what they have to do even when they are afraid.

I know from experience that there have been events in my life which I would not have survived if I had given into fear and panic.

Be careful who you listen to.  There are those who will use this crisis to push their agendas of hatred and fear of those who are different.  Be careful of your information sources.

Publications such as The New York Times, and other nationally and internationally recognized as reliable sources of information are your best bets for information you can trust.

Music, books, crafting, even cooking of your hastily purchased survival rations can be a way of coping.  Last week we watched Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, a most excellent film that should have swept the Academy Awards.

Everything is on hold.  We can view this as “lost time” that will need to be made up or we can look upon this as a space between an old and destructive way of living, a space where we have the time to contemplate changes we can make to a new and less destructive way of living.

 

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