Fear And Fearfulness
Normal fear is alerted when anything in the present moment is seen as a danger or precarious, which might be a physical or mental situation that we have to deal with. This isn’t really fear; it’s being alert, being aware. We are skilful when doing or saying anything.
Fearfulness, on the other hand, is being full of fear, and is a constant state of anxiety, of being a victim. Once we become a victim by some trauma, we can be induced and manipulated into passivity or excitement.
There are ‘influencers’ in the world. Influence: from Latin influere, ‘to flow’. All forms of media spread exaggeration and distortion about the material world, turning our attention away from consciousness itself: we don’t realise the influence this turmoil of hope and fear is having on our mental state.
“Do not take my word for it”,
the Buddha implied, upon entering a sacred place,
don’t leave your brains at the door!