Fear For Others
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
"Anticipation—to take up something before it is time."
FEAR is never present in perfect sanity. The person who really fears anything is not men-tally altogether sound.
I am aware that these statements will seem astounding to many readers, but I climax the propositions by saying that to no well-balanced mind will such declaration for long appear extravagant.
For I have already insisted that the law of self-preservation has nothing whatever to do with fear, is, indeed, opposed to fear, and relies solely on instinct and reason for its successful operation. Fear becomes an instinct only by indulgence, and is not necessary as a feeling overlaying instinct. Self-preservation demands that as humans we study instinct, cultivate reason, and forever banish every movement of soul or mind having any remote kinship with fear.
The moment you fear, that moment you blur instinct and confuse reason. In any culture of personal courage we must first and once for all deny any place in life to fear and any legitimate excuse for fear's existence. Perhaps our greatest difficulty in the matter consists precisely in this: we imagine that some phase of fear, manifest to a certain degree and under certain circumstances, is legitimate to the sane mind. I deny the proposition, and I want my readers thoroughly to absorb the denial and from now on to hold that fear betokens insanity.