The fear behind…


“It’s not what we don’t know that gets us in trouble; it’s what we know for sure that’s just not true.” –Mark Twain

Voldemort was a great wizard. He did terrible things but great, like Ollivanders once said. Then why hunt down a mere baby? Why give him so much importance? His fear of death.

Many epics, tales and history is based on this tyrannical beast – FEAR. Trace Hitler’s motives, Aurangazeb’s actions. Behind the greatest war in the history of mankind of which the longest poem was written – the Mahabharata, lies the fear of a coward who unfortunately also wanted a lot of attention – Duryodhana.

Scratch that surface of power, greed and tyranny and you’ll find the actual mastermind behind these terrible actions – fear.a

Fear is a terrible catalyst. Mixed with great ability and a dash of greed it has created history in the form of war and rampage. But fear is not the property of the powerful alone. It permeates everywhere.

In the minds of mediocrity it creates the basis for many lives – excuses. Look carefully. Behind the veil of anger and busy talk and the ‘I don’t care’ lies a deep seated fear. Fear of failure, fear of responsibility, fear of uncertainty, fear of change, fear of making mistakes and even fear of success itself.

Fear is a creation of the ego. If you examine any one of your fears, you will see that it refers to a future possibility, not a current reality. Fear is almost always tied to a negative idea about something in the future that has not happened and probably will not happen. It is the emotion that is generated by thinking about some dreaded possibility in the future.

Fear traps and locks us away within our comfort zone. Yet fear often develops as a result of a lack of understanding, information, resources, experience or perspective. If you lack all these things, you will naturally lack confidence, and as a result you will fail to take the action necessary to achieve your goals and objectives. Consequently you will tend to make excuses about your life and circumstances in order to help boost your self-esteem. However, all you’re doing is creating the illusion of security. You’re simply masking the pain by taking a pain killer. The pain is still there, and will continue to persist until you finally overcome your fears.

We must become tone deaf to egos whispers of fear and its unreasonable demands of power, control and safety. Fears have great power when they’re inside your head. They grow and mutate into giant trolls. But by being aware of them, you can bring them outside where they no longer have control over you.

Humanity connects even as communication fails.

The last decade has seen a huge rise in the roar of a need to be heard. Multiple times, everywhere by everyone. So much that the noise has become a part of us. Yes it’s that infection point in the communication trajectory that hit us a few years back – social media.

Recently however experts shout to connect not just being heard. To build a network not just a following.

A fact that proved right in the recent Chennai rains. As the city in south India flooded with unprecedented rains, humanity rose up. The number of volunteers equaled the number of victims. Soldiers were born overnight out of friends and neighbors.

All these happened in spite of phone lines and electricity being cut off. Made me wonder, do we really communicate with all those gadgets? We could just as easily form better relationships in our local community. Strangers of all religion and caste came to volunteer help.

Yes the media was greatly useful – as a tool of coordination. To access numbers for help and to provide information. The connect was in the heart of the city, in the people. Krishna Bharadwaj was stuck at work, and heard it was starting to flood near his house. He quickly logged on to youtube and downloaded a video showing how a car battery is removed. He sent the video to his mother who was at home, and the 59-year-old homemaker with no prior experience with automobiles, removed the car battery by watching it.

Through individual courage and community effort, most of Chennai has been staying afloat.

Today the media has been used in exactly the way it was supposed to be used. As a tool to communicate and connect. As a tool for humanity to connect.