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Seth Wetmore
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Survival.
Fear can help one to survive. Yet fear can also cause one to fail to act. Fear is a construct of the mind. I bring this up because fear can overhelm rational thought. Education is one of the only alternatives to fear. Education gives us reason. To be resonable. To act in a reasonable fasion or manner. Most fears can be worked through. This can take time. Although if one never starts to work through it they can never overcome thier fear.
Population:
Our population is over 7 BILLION. This number I hope did not come about due to being afraid. Yet we have many devices that stop our fear (and keep our fear alive)...... fences to keep the wild out.......lights to keep the dark at bay (keeping us from being eaten at night by predators)....weapons to defend ourselves from dangerous animals(mostly each other).....Buildings to keep the environment from suddenly shifting on us.......medicine to keep us from dying an early death or suffering.....education to explain the scary universe...and many more.

So are we a fear based social experiment? Is our survival constructed around fear?

Well My sollution to fear is education. We are a sollutions based people yet we create problems faster and more abundantly than we solve problems. We create the fear.
Education: This may have nothing to do with books, or institutions of higher learning. Education can be interaction, observation.
Taking the time to learn about the space around us is very improtant. We can increase the speed of the learning through technology such as schools, books, patterns that repeat themselves in orderly fasions.
We can educate our selves in any fasion we like. We can choose subjects to learn about. We can educate our selves in fun or fear.
I hope people can solve this dilema for themselves. 7 billion people as a whole do not seem to know how to solve for fear and thus continue to perpetuate the cycle with no logic behind it.
Do not be arfaid.
Take actions to face the fears that plauge you.
Move beyond fear and live in a state of happiness.
Teach others to not fear that which is not relevant.
Your natural instincts will let you know when fear is appropriate. Do not let 7 billion other people convince you to live in fear.
Have a great day.
 
Rufus Laggren
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Seth

I take you mean "education" to be learning and growth in its broadest sense. But seems to me ongoing education is just one of many wise and healthy habits and practices that help balance a life and make a person stronger and more resilient. And less subject to fear which is one of many non-rational motivators. Not that the non-rational motivators are necessarily bad (think "opposite sex") - just non-rational.

Perhaps a more inclusive and broadly applicable crib for health would be the "virtues". These are practices available and understandable to pretty much everyone. They require neither a high IQ, money, friends, land, health... They require nothing but a willingness to participate (in life), an initial concept (eg. humility) to aid navigation and as good an effort as possible at the time for the person. Hard to beat that deal. Supported by testimony from the beginnings of man kind. Essentially agreed upon by all faiths over all time. I have always had a facile mind - I see patterns, understand things, solve problems, etc. etc. In my experience knowledge by itself means, offers, produces,saves, improves, grows... nothing. And great or especial knowledge is not needed for a good life in good health. In my experience.

I heard a zen master answered the old question "How to I [get where I want to go]" with: "Stop doing evil. Try to do good."

Simple. And I guess each person is the judge and chooser of "good".

> fear

If you speak of pathological fear, I think that can be only be evolved through by interaction with other people over time, probably a long time but maybe not.


Cheers

Rufus
 
Seth Wetmore
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Well Stated. Yes, I think of an education as more than just learning from a book. The state education system is just a single tool in the box of goodies that are given to us to work with. As well I have observed people create fear where it allows them to excuse themselves from participating. This is before they even know if a result of participating would have a good result or not. Fear has become a knee jerk reaction. This fits in convieniently with the idea that people could go further if they gained knowledge concerning a subject before being forced to decide if they want to deal with the subject. This is more difficult than it seems. People are being distracted from gaining knowledge by devices that are a waste of good time, lots and lots of wealth, as well as keeping people in a constant false state of fear. The television Is the number one device for increasing fear and distracting people from going and experiencing the world beyond thier front door. Game machines are right there with T.V.s Game machines may even be worse since the amount of adreniline added to the experience is addictive. Computers in general are a close 3rd ( identify irony here! ) The internet, video games, videos in general, all the forms of entertainment ( being entertained is not a bad thing in moderation ). Computers have a distinct advantage over the other forms of distraction. We can choose the content we are dealing with. Radio comes in 4th. When was the last time you heard a radio announcer let you know when a community garden was being installed VS. when they told you someone was robbed or killed with a gun? Luckily we can choose to not turn on these devices nor interact with them. These devices also seem from observation to seperate people from each other. communication can happen very fast over vast distances, but have you seen people in the same hose call each other on thier phone instead of walking down stairs and talking to them? The phone is number 5, and is getting worse than the others. apps, "social networks" <-a joke in my humble opinion. distracted driving, texting, BLAH BLAGH BLAH. The cost of the phone Is out side of my realm of comprehension. people would rather pay for thier cell phones than buy water or food, or shelter. Who profits from this? The individual, or the corperation?
Anyhow enough from me. Have a great day thanks for the response.
 
cairn paul
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my only fear is other people and what they might do in a SHTF situation. British people are so divorced from their past that they have lost any skills they might have had and now rely on others to do those things for them, so in an event they will have no skills and knowledge to fall back on.
 
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