et in arcadia ego

Fear is, by definition, quite an unavoidably necessary part of each individual’s life.   When it’s legitimate and kept in check it warns him of which specific people, places, behavior and  circumstances he must avoid in order to have a happy productive life.    It would be quite tempting to say that if I were incapable of fear, I should be capable of doing all sorts of things that bother me under my current circumstances.    That, however, would only be true assuming that I were merely free of all inordinate fear.    An absolute lack of any fear whatsoever would lead to all possible kinds and degrees of misfortune.    The risk of unfortunate consequences would still be there.    In a life devoid of all fear, though, an individual would be prone toward engaging in all kinds of rash judgments and assumptions, expecting to get away with much more than he can truly be expected to handle.    Because of my always having been prone toward both anxiety and panic attacks, and a fear of heights, I know quite well that excessive fear brings about significant trouble.    The absence of any fear whatsoever, though, can only lead to exactly the very same kind of result.    A healthy balance in all things is the only legitimate answer to life’s troubles.     Evelyn Waugh’s novel, “Brideshead Revisited” begins with the ancient Latin adage, “Et In Arcadia Ego”.     That’s the voice of death, speaking in the first person, reminding mankind that even in a utopian society, he is still inevitably present.     There’s no panacea for any of mankind’s troubles.

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