Fear For Others Is Tyranny
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
The selfishness of fear for others, however, is not confined in its reaction to the soul that fears; it over-acts upon those for whom it is entertained. Fear-folk are tyrants. Fear for others always disregards other people's freedom. It would be difficult to conceive a worse fate than is seen in some forms of this slavery. Your fears for other people wish to make them your personal slaves.
I am perfectly aware of the protest that will arise when this statement is read; nevertheless, the thing must stand, because there is nothing your fears can or may do for your slaves which cannot be done for them by reason without fear, and your reason would never restrict their freedom, while your fear does so invariably. When the matter is critically examined we see that this is certainly true. We fear for others: then we wish them to do one thing or another, or to refrain from being and doing a thousand things. If within our power, we coerce them according to the dictates of our fears, unmindful that no fear-judgment can be entirely sound and that reason alone can think clearly and wisely. The outcome is inevitable; increased bondage of self to your own fears and of others to a degenerating judgment.
FEAR FOR OTHERS POISONS THEIR ATMOSPHERES.
Moreover, when you worry about your child or friend because, as you say, you wish no injury to befall them, you as a matter of fact dread possible suffering for yourself in case they should meet with harm, and in this condition of worry and self-regarding you not only seek to restrain the other person's liberty, but you also throw around that person a surely evil atmosphere. We are all surrounded by what I call the personal atmosphere, a more or less extensive globe of etheric activity peculiar to the individual. Into this little world which every personality creates, and which is usually open to all sorts of influences, your apprehensions vibrate your fearing disturbances. If you really wish the welfare of the one for whom you are fearful, it may prove a revelation to remember that you are actually harming the object of your regard by your incessant and excited worry. You will find this subject, atmosphere, practically discussed in the little book, "The Personal Atmosphere."
You are forever anticipating evil: taking up some possible distress and conveying your fear-message to your friend.
You are constantly anxious: disturbed about some uncertain event, and transmitting to this person confusing thought-waves.
You incessantly fret: wear yourself away, and you threaten the vitality of your friends, present and absent.
You worry: harass and persecute yourself, and inevitably penetrate other people's atmospheres with your evil influences.
In all this you are surely harming yourself, for un-fearing reason can accomplish all things possible in your friend's interest, but you are really disproving your own friendship. A rigid analysis of the matter shows clearly that