That’s a really serious question. Isn’t it? There is a common belief that the unknown is really scary. That the unknown is what we are afraid of. The question is how its possible to be afraid something if we don’t know it.. I am afraid of a poisonous snake, i am afraid of losing my friends, i am afraid to lose my property.
But can fear touch something that is not known? It’s a fact that fear was born in the past, the past is that breeds fear. The past knowledge that a snake can kill you creates the fear of facing snakes. The past pain of an erotic partner abandoning you creates the fear being abandoned. The pleasure of being successful in your job creates the fear of failure. And so on.. so the past it the root of fear. Do we see this?
So only known things make us fear how is it possible that the unknown bring fear? In a more observative look the phrase “fear of the known” probably reveals a few more things. Probably its not the unknown that we are afraid of. Probably it is only the fear of leaving the known that scares us to death. We are afraid that once someone abandons us we will abandon a relatively safe condition, that gives some pleasure (along with some strong doses of sorrow and pain). We are afraid to die not because we don’t known what happens after, but because all the known ceases, our images, our pleasures, our hopes, our attachments, all cease. We are not afraid of trying new things we are only hesitant to abandon safe old habits.
This is a rather new inquiry for the writer and its quite possible that he misses many things, but it seems to open new space for investigation. So lets find together..