What are you afraid of?
Most people would automatically say something about their phobias. It's one of the things we talked about for one of our classes. Irrational fears, thats what they are. First off, I'm still unconvinced about phobias being considered irrational. I mean, basically, people fear things because they have come to associate that particular thing to a previous unpleasant event and seeing, hearing, touching, or feeling that thing sort of triggers a memory, a knee-jerk reaction to recoil from unwanted memories attached to the object of their fears. What one person may fear may seem irrational to another person but that doesn't make their fears any less valid, don't you think?
This got me thinking, how exactly can we qualify fear? Is it just based on our body's reaction? Increased heart rate, shallow breathing, pallor, sweating... these are all physiological manifestations that a person may experience upon feeling fear. Do we really know what fear is?
That's why the first song I heard today became so much more significant:
When we were children we'd play
Out in the streets just dipped in fate
When we were children we'd say
That we don't the meaning of
(OneRepublic, Fear. From the album 'Waking Up')