Fear is considered to be the sign of a coward. Not going into the details on why what is be considered as cowardice to fear from and what not, today I want to share a story. A story, that concluded that we humans fear certain things naturally, some fears are no doubt instilled, like some metaphysical ones.
Charles Darwin was one interesting fella with his unique theory of evolution of us humans and much more. He was also interested in the human’s fear for snakes. Yup, we humans naturally fear snakes, its instinctual. Darwin to make himself, you could say immune to the fear of snakes, used to go to a museum. In that museum, there was a typical snake contained in a glass box. Darwin used walk close to the glass box and put his face against it, facing the snake, the snake used to attack his face (obviously he was protected by the glass barrier) and his body would instantly recoil away. He tried several times for many days for his research but he just couldn’t get himself used to the attack and fear of snakes. I have an interesting article for you to look at, here’s some of its content:
New research suggests humans have evolved an innate tendency to sense snakes — and spiders, too — and to learn to fear them.
Psychologists found that both adults and children could detect images of snakes among a variety of non-threatening objects more quickly than they could pinpoint frogs, flowers or caterpillars. The researchers think this ability helped humans survive in the wild.
“The idea is that throughout evolutionary history, humans that learned quickly to fear snakes would have been at an advantage to survive and reproduce,” said Vanessa LoBue, a post-doctoral fellow in psychology at the University of Virginia. “Humans who detected the presence of snakes very quickly would have been more likely to pass on their genes.”
Previously, anthropologists have suggested the need to notice snakes in the wild may have led early primates to develop better vision and larger brains.” Click here to read the full article.
Now where am I going with all this research? Its clear that fear is meant to protect us, but it also hinders us from possibilities of extraordinary growth. What does though? We aren’t living in the wild ages of human history anymore. We are far from being encountered with wild animals. From trying to get away from them to craving and stuffing them in the zoo, era has changed. The snakes and spiders are different now. The fear of failure ranks on top now, death is second. That in itself tells a story to care about. The natural, instinctive fears are not required now, they exist but aren’t needed. The fears we have now are fears inculcated overtime by our communities, peers, friends, unfortunately even parents sometimes. A good example is the fear of ghosts. Its ludicrous how parents make their children eat and behave properly, telling them that if they don’t, the ghost (snake) is going to get them, the paradigm has ridiculously shifted. And worse, they laugh at their own kid being fearful of the ghosts when they grow up. God! How stupid can one be!? You put it their in the first place. “Eat or the dog will get you, its barking outside”, there are countless examples like this. This is just a representation and a general idea of fears that aren’t really some mortal threat. The movie “After Earth” said is best, “…don’t get me wrong, danger is very real, but fear is a choice…”
Till you’re alive you have a chance, till you can breathe, you should be grateful, because you are given a chance. You are reading this blog, means you aren’t in the third world, be grateful because you have a BETTER chance.
“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca