October 8 – Fear as mystery

Fear as mystery
unbearable to extreme
immeasurable

As FDR said in his 1st inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”

Big Bill wrote in Hamlet,

But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
(Hamlet Act III, Scene I)

George Bernard Shaw writes, “Fear will drive men to any extreme; and the fear inspired by a superior being is a mystery which cannot be reasoned away. Being immeasurable it is unbearable when there is no presumption or guarantee of its benevolence and moral responsibility.” (Preface to Saint Joan)

It goes far to explain today’s divisions in society.

We don’t vote for the best platform.

The best candidate.

The best plan.

We vote by what we fear.

We vote by what we are afraid of.

We vote by what we fear.

I don’t know if it was ever any different.

Whenever humans get involved with deciding the right path for human kind, count on humans to muck it up.

In his 1939 Christmas Broadcast, King George VI, the father of Elizabeth II (portrayed in the movie, “The King’s Speech”) quoted the poem, God Knows by Minnie Louise Haskins:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night

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