Monday, April 27, 2009

The Opposite of Fear

"What is the opposite of fear?" she asked.

I said: "Love."

"That's funny," she said, "I thought it was "freedom."

I said: "Fear is a motivation that closes things down. Love, by contrast, opens them up. Fear is a feeling that separates and isolates. Love joins us with others and with the entire universe of love. Fear causes self-protection. Love causes openness."

"Freedom can be used for selfish ends," she added. "It can also isolate if others are not free."

"Yes," I said. "Freedom and love must join hands, but love must lead the way."

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