A thought on Fear

I pondered fear the other day and focused not only how it destroys us but how it sets us back from the start of the initial threat and how it also destroys us in the wake of how we can often times cope with it.

Some might say that fear is an important primary instinct to survival

And it lead me to think of how our ancestors survived for so long in the middle of the ocean and amidst so much invasion

It is concern that they had, and although concern derives from fear it is a blend of fear and intelligence.

See, when you stay in a primary state you withhold yourself sometimes from rising to the next level of intelligence. Concern is how the mother feeds the child and how the navigators trekked the ocean with a destination in their mind.

Concern is how we are still here. Fear is the darker component in this. Fear is the problem and fear is what facilitates the need for a solution.

Here is a further articulation that aids our case as far as fear from a philosophical and social standpoint:

Fear | Philosophy Talk

Clips from the article:

What is it

Fear is an emotion, but it is one with a long history in both political theory and politics in the real world. In many versions of social contract theory, it is a fear of the state of nature that leads to government in the first place. From McCarthy to post-9/11 politics, fear has played a leading role in American public discourse. Ken and John examine fear as theme in politics and political philosophy with Corey Robin from the City University of New York, author of Fear: The History of a Political Idea.

Listening Notes

According to Hobbes, fear is the force that originally motivated humanity to leave the state of nature. By agreeing to form societies, we revoke the power to cause fear and instead give the state a monopoly on inducing this primal emotion. Without limits on its power to create fear among its citizens, the state runs the risk of becoming totalitarian. But without any such power, the state lacks the ability to enforce its laws and protect its citizens. What is the appropriate balance between these two extremes? How can we determine when appeals to our fears are legitimate?