Choosing between fear and courage
In response to both cancer and terrorism, an individual has two basic choices: fear or courage.
In the short run, fear advantageously heightens a person’s senses, thus increasing vigilance along with the potential to improve the rapidity and quality of one’s response. Over the longer term, including fights against cancer and terrorism, fear’s disadvantages outweigh that advantage:
- Fear loses its power over time, the altered condition becoming the new normal.
- Life is inherently risky. No prophylactics exist to ensure that one will not develop cancer. Similarly, no guarantees exist to prevent one from becoming a victim in a terror attack. Indeed, counterterrorism authorities unanimously agree that there are too many potential targets to protect all of them.
- Fear inherently degrades one’s quality of life.
Conversely, courage tempered by prudence (avoiding that which is rash) has only advantages:
- Courage is a moral habit that develops and strengthens with practice.
- Courageous living is essential for living abundantly.
President Trump’s policies and pronouncements about terrorism are a call to live fearfully. I, for one, refuse to live in fear, whether fear of terrorism or fear of cancer. I choose life. I choose to live courageously. What is your choice?