I saw a Facebook post this morning that shared a comment that suggested we stop spending our money at war in the Middle East and “….let them hate us for free…”. Another post shared that we have over 8 million homeless people in the U.S. and over 18 million vacant houses…stating that “something just doesn’t add up”.
The following quote that came across my virtual desk this morning shares a point on fear that I resonated with….
“A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear.” – Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale
Another way of saying this is…ignorance breeds fear. What have we learned and what are we learning? Are we perpetuating, in ourselves and ensuing generations, fear that stems from ignorance based on fear? Have we allowed ourselves a liberal and accepting approach to discovery about ourselves, our planet and its people? If not, where did the ‘curiosity and fascination’ go?
I am thinking that maybe we have lost faith in our capacity for simple fascination and wonder. We have traded delight for cynicism, vulnerability for fear.
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” –E.E. Cummings, American poet
The politicians parading on the national stage just now are trying to convince us to believe in the political process…yet again. Yet can we believe and allow ourselves to trust when we have lost the belief in ourselves? The illusion that we are the moral and spiritual light that once illuminated from a lady’s torch in New York harbor?
Wouldn’t it be nice to trade the fear for trust…to believe again and know that the view from “out there” is perceiving integrity and strength and not fear, oppression and violence.
So….for a positive note…stay tuned….
©2012 Perry Chinn,D.C. All rights reserved.
Dr. Chinn is a 1986 Life graduate (Marietta), has been practicing in the Seattle area for 25 years and is a board member of the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society. He is the co-creator of the nutritional cardiovascular formula Acctrix (www.Acctrix.com), co-founder of Unisal Wellness Technologies and is the author of Symphony of Wellness and Soaring Beyond Fear ( www.PerryChinn.com). His book Symphony of Wellness focuses on the science and benefits of the Nobel Prize winning science of nitric oxide for cardiovascular health and whole body wellness. He can be reached at DrPChinn@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org