Fear Essay

663 words - 3 pages

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. Gephyrophobia is the fear of crossing bridges. Acrophobia is the fear of heights. The only reason these are feared is because the less that is known, the more dangerous it is. Remaining ignorant of a source of fear is the only way fear can exist, so being more knowledgeable would help to conquer those fears.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” This quote is saying that ignorance is the main source of fear. If everything is known, nothing is unknown, so nothing is to be feared. Just like in The Hot Zone, when Tom Geisbert and Peter Jahrling sniffed the flask containing Ebola. Both of them remembered the fateful day that “he might have sniffed just a little bit of it. Anyway, he hadn't sniffed it, he had only whiffed it. He had kind of like waved his hand over it, just to bring the scent to his nose. He hadn't inhaled it.” Ebola is the scary virus, the mystery virus, the one that nobody knows anything about. By admitting to sniffing the flask, the Submarine would be a certainty. But when day ten came and went with no ill effects, it was decided that nothing would be said to General Russell. Furthermore, The Webster dictionary defines fear as "the emotion experienced in the presence or threat of danger". Whatever is seen as potentially threatening, with almost no thought, is categorized either as safe or as threatening, based on the knowledge of the world and previous experiences. However, that accusation isn’t always correct. More often than not, the anxiety is irrational and merely a fear of the unknown.
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