Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
~ Jim Morrison
~ Jim Morrison
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
~ Nelson Mandela
How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death.
~ Dark Knight Rises
This article started taking its form when I heard an interesting incident that took place in a village of South India- “A huge snake entered a house in the village and within the minutes of noticing it, there was chaos all around. Threatened by the people, the snake bit four persons in self-defence. Two of them survived while two died before reaching hospital. Twist in the tale was that doctor confirmed that snake was non venomous!!” It was not the snake that did lead to the death of those two. They died out of fear. Even in many such cases, our body gets deteriorated at a much quicker pace than expected due to fear. Fear thrills, but kills!
Fear is more than just a mental state. It can seriously effect your mental state. It is proven in various cases that “In extreme cases it can cause tunnel vision, loss of colour perception (colour blindness), it can cause a distortion of both time and of depth perception.” You may lose your mind and finally may result in losing yourself.
I know it’s a bit boring to read the same cautionary type articles which are in bulk in the internet. And that is what this article is exactly “not” about. According to me, there is other side of fear. Its more than what’s analysed. Being one of the basic instincts of man, it surely has many advantages of its own. Sounds lame, but its true! There are many examples that have proven it.
If you’ve seen the film “127 hours”, you’ll understand this. Lead character in the movie accidentally gets his hand stuck in a boulder; in a deserted place and survived 127 hours in that position before he dismembered his hand and got out of that situation. He know quite before those 127 hours that no one’s gonna come for his rescue. But the decision was taken only at the moment when he faced the fear of death! Fear swallowed his pain and allowed him to perform such an act.
At the moment of fear, we not only become strong mentally, but also physically! “Dark Knight Rises” is an example for that which explains how fear of death can give a person an extra bit of strength in the “leap of faith”. This is not only philosophical, but scientific too. Heard about ‘flight and fight’ hormones?
There’s a term- “Human Body pushing limits.” Our muscles use not more than 1/3rd of its total capacity in any situation. But at the time of fear, fight or flight hormones stimulate that and muscles become highly efficient. A simple and real time example is of yourself, chased by a ferocious dog. You run with such a speed that you wouldn’t have imagined, even in your wildest dreams. There are many incidents when people ran faster than Ussain Bolt, in those moments of panic!
Speaking of the mental state, your mind gets into the state of relaxation, which sometimes may lead to failure in simple situations too! A little bit of fear, a little bit of pressure created by the fear makes you like a positioned arrow, which is in its maximum state of pressure and ready to pierce the target! So, FEAR IT!