Fear. It is a simple emotion. It is a feeling. But it can also create something complicated — in what it makes us think and do. Fear drives many decisions in the world, and may often cause us to make the wrong decision.
The important thing is realizing the difference between thoughtful awareness of negative ramifications and the actual feeling of fear.
On the following pages, I delve into the relationship between fear and the climate change decisions we are making everyday on individual and larger systematic levels. Additionally, I delve a little more into the issue of fear itself.
A close friend of mine who I hadn’t seen for a very long time said something to me last year which I think is very profound.
He said, “Never make a decision based on fear.”
I took that and made one of the biggest decisions of my life, one that I had been hesitating to make due to fear. The things I had been fearful of ended up dissolving within a few weeks of making the decision. The path cleared for me, but only after I cleared out fear from my decision-making.
This is an individual example, but it is something that has triggered more and more thought within me around this issue.
Recently (or within the past couple months), a few things have brought this issue (fear) into my mind yet again.