You guys should be use to my exploratory posts by now, but just incase, this post is by no means meant to be conclusive. I am just trying to deepen my understanding and my grasp on a particular subject that interests me.
It seems to me that when it comes to any emotion, there are right ways of using them, and wrong ways of using them. And I believe it is the same when it comes to fear. And so, here comes the need to define the difference between morality and immorality, from right and wrong.
I adopted the argument that Carl Jung gave with his idea of the shadow, or how Jordan Peterson explains the concept of the monster.
Here’s a clip of his explanation->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_GL_ccFLG0
I place myself under the same school of thought. Morality comes first from the knowledge of what is good and evil. The knowledge that comes from the inner understanding of one’s capability to commit BOTH good and evil. And in order to truly commit knowledge into understanding, you have to first experience both good and evil. And to over simplify a very important and complex topic, one way to know if you have accomplished this is by using a simple analogy.
Think of a person that you know who was always a goody two shoes. Maybe you went to church, and it was that person that was so devout, that was always a religious person, and so he/she could never do wrong. I would argue since that person can never do wrong, that there is nothing moral about that person, that is person is more of a robot, because he/she has no choice but to commit good.
Now think of the person that you knew had a dark side, an evil side, a side that you wanted no business with, but actively chose to do what was right and what was good. I bet you had a much more profound respect for that person than the person I listed earlier. Not that respect for such individuals are wrong, I think they have their place as well, but I am under the school of thought, that the person that knows evil, but chooses good, is more moral, because the fundamental distinction that makes a choice a moral one, is having a choice in the first place.
Morality comes from the choosing of good over evil.
And so now we know that it is a choice. Even emotions. So we choose to fear, and we also choose to fear in a right/wrong way.
I will start with the right way to use fear.
There are 2 sayings that I wish to focus on, they both come from the scriptures.
“The fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom” and “The Meek shall inherit the Earth”.
I will be taking the majority of my interpretation from the lectures that were given my Dr. Peterson.
I am not going to prescribe adopting any sort of religion, but I believe the ancient ideas have huge value to reveal.
In the christian sense, the fear of God, is the fear of what is good and holy, and the act of fear, in this sense, was to revere that very thing they respected. Respecting what is universally good was not just a good idea, but a necessary trait to have if you wanted to survive.
Whenever the Israelites did not keep the commandments of God, they were condemned, enslaved by other kingdoms, and slaughtered (for examples, read the book of Judges).
And so, the reverence of God, and the keeping of his commandments was not because you would be rewarded if you did, but because you would be severely punished if you didn’t. The commandments were not friendly suggestions, there are strong reasons why they were commandments.
They are like taunts saying, “Yeah, go ahead and break the universal law of conduct, see what happens.”
The phrase, “The meek shall inherit the earth”, also has a similar meaning. Most people, when they think of the word meek, today the word is meant as submissive, and easily oppressed. However, in the early Hebrew scriptures, the word has a much more different meaning. The phrase was more like, “Those who keep their swords half-sheathed or ready to battle shall inherit the earth”. In earlier english uses of the word, Meek meant someone who was kind and gentle, but out of mercy and social superiority.
These meanings all point to preparation. Blessed are those who do not seek war, but are always preparing for it. And this is an obvious truth to life, you should prepare for horror, because most likely they will happen, and if they have not happened before then they will. It is better the be a warrior in a garden, than a gardener in a war.
The correct use of fear is to fear what is true, and letting it produce preparation. So, if you want to find out if what your are fearing is right, you should already know instinctively, but if you want some extra help. Ask yourself, if what you are fearing is true. Most people blow up their fears in their minds. They start with the truth and then they blow it up out of proportion. And then, does your fear force you to prepare?
If not, you are using fear wrong. And I shall be exploring that next week~
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