Fear is a normal human emotion, but just as we hate pain we detest fear. So it is that we do whatever we can to rid ourselves of fear. Often instead of dealing with the issue that causes us to be afraid we just deal with our fears. We pretend to ourselves there is nothing to fear except fear itself (see “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR’s First Inaugural Address). In an odd way, if we fear to be afraid more than we fear to be afraid of what we ought to fear, that is true. This is what some call the Ostrich effect, an expression derived from the “Head in the sand” myth.
So what is this post all about? Well, I read several interesting columns this morning that I would like to encourage others to read.
- The Islamic State and the Limitations of Cruelty by Victor Davis Hanson
- When the hunters become the hunted by By Suzanne Fields
- Collusion Collision by The DiploMad 2.0 (H/T to a commenter)
What is the common thread here? The first column describes how people deal calmly and rationally with their fears. Instead dealing with what properly causes us to be afraid, terrorists try to intimidate us into acquiescing to our fears. Instead of killing or locking up people we know to be rabid madmen, we try to placate them, which the simple application of logic tells us cannot work. Yet as Hanson observes when we put our minds and strength to it we have the power to beat terrorists. They are not very wise people, just bloodthirsty.
The second and third articles describe how the Democrats charges against President Donald Trump are backfiring on them. Why is this happening? What did the Democrats do wrong? Instead of fearing God, too Liberal Democrats believe in Saul D. Alinsky‘s Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals.
Instead of presenting us with rational solutions for our fears, too many politicians seek to elevate our fears. These strive to present themselves as the solution. Instead of asking us to vote for them because they promise to do their best to protect our rights, they offer themselves as idols, the solution for all our fears. Instead of just dealing with our problems and our fears, they want us believe we have nothing to fear because we have given our problems and our fears over to them.
Unfortunately, when power seeking politicians encounter barbaric madmen, ironically enough, they don’t know how to deal with their own fears. Too often they don’t know how to oppose bloodthirsty madmen and win. Thereby, Islamic terrorists, a Russian autocrat, and the like have exposed Democrats as frauds.
There is only one God. There is only one cause for fear. There is only one path to wisdom.
There is the humility we learn by fearing God, the only being we must rightfully fear.
Proverbs 15:33 New King James Version (NKJV)
33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom,
And before honor is humility.
There is the understanding we gain because we obey the commands of the God we reverence in fear.
Psalm 111:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.
The wise learn to love God.
1 John 4:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.