While there may be truth to the above sentiment, the other side of that truth is that paranoia can destroy us in a way far more spectacular than any enemy.
Many are harmed by fear itself, and many may have come to their fate while dreading fate.” - Seneca, Oedipus, 992
Fantasy. Experienced. As. Reality.
Not sure if that was originally his or not, but he was the first person I heard say it some 30 years ago, and even with all that time between then and now, it has stuck with me. To be honest, that sentiment influences a lot of my own understanding on the subject of fear.
Think about it: if what we believe is real is, in actuality, fantasy, then how do we move through the world? If we treat others like they are out to get us, they’ll move farther and farther away from us, only strengthening our fantastic understanding of reality… in essence, a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Blindly, we inflict the things we fear upon ourselves.
(See y’all tomorrow)