Originally Posted by Eric Roosevelt
Steve Pavlina, correct me if I'm wrong, claims that it would be ideal to fear nothing at all, or at least act in spite of your fears.
In the movie The First Knight, King Arthur says "a man who fears nothing is a man who loves nothing. And if you love nothing, what joy is there in your life?"
I don't know who said what, because I've read rather little of Steve (sorry, Steve), and I haven't seen the movie, but assuming that the quotes are correct, I'm going to respond to this seriously, because I find the subject matter interesting.
First of all, I'd have to disagree with Steve's ideal of fearing nothing at all (again, sorry, Steve). Fear is something to be transcended, and that we fear anything is, I argue, the very reason we have this physical existence on planet Earth. I would agree that I think
it would be nice to not have to deal with fears, but, then, unless I traverse the deepest valleys, I would likely not appreciate as much the highest peaks.
I had to ponder the King Arthur quote for a bit, in order to discern a meaning, which, I can only assume, is that one who loves, fears for what (or whom) they love, while one who doesn't (or can't) love, is not afraid. This actually mirrors my own sentiment above, about valleys and peaks. Fear vs. Love (or Joy). I get it.
But, I don't agree with it completely. I mean, whose to say that a person can't love everything
, and have no fear? Of course, aside from Jesus or the Buddha, I can't think of anyone who would fit that description, but, well, the point is made.