There’s an interesting exchange in “The Dark Knight” movie rises about fear.
Doctor: ‘You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak.’
Doctor: ‘How can you move faster then possible, fight longer then possible, without the most powerful impulse of the spirit? The fear of death.’
Bruce:’I do fear death. I fear dying in here while my city burns. And there’s no one there to save it.’
Doctor: ‘Then make the climb.’
Doctor: ‘As the child did – without the rope. Then fear will find you again.’
I often think about the role fear plays in our lives. Too many of us fear things that really don’t matter in the long run – e.g., the fear of how others might perceive us if we did something. On the other hand, too few fear things that might actually matter in the final analysis – e.g., the fear of not making the most of the privilege we’ve been granted.
My learning, as a result, has been to question my irrational fears and understand their nature so I can distinguish between fear that matters and fear that doesn’t.
As long as we have insecurity within us (and every one of us does), we will always deal with fear. That’s a good thing. For courage is not the absence of fear; it is learning to act because we realize there are things more important than fear.