Klingons and Jesus : The Value of Fear

This time the Daily Prompt asks a very silly question. How would your life be different if you were incapable of feeling fear? Would your life be better or worse than it is now?

Life without fear is not life. There are dark emotions that can only take away from life and living. Fear is not one of them. A person can live for fear. A person can be controlled by fear. But if a person feels fear without becoming fear, then it is a worthy thing. We tell ghost stories. We watch horror movies. We do this because we want fear in our lives. It isn’t happiness or serenity, but neither is excitement. Can you imagine a life without any excitement?

I hold that fear is not only a worthy emotion, it is an essential one. I always remember the lines from Star Trek regarding fear. Wesley Crusher asked, “I thought there was nothing that could frighten a Klingon warrior.”

Worf’s answer, this answer from a valiant and hardened Klingon warrior was, “Only fools have no fear.”

Only fools have no fear. That’s the value placed on fear by a man who exemplifies the warrior mentality. Fiction? Yes, but it rings true. I’ve known many men who are dangerous and courageous and wild. None of them were fearless.

Maybe Star Trek isn’t going to do it for you. Perhaps I need to reach into something a bit more spiritual and philosophical. A bit more grown up. How about the bible? I am not a religious man. That doesn’t mean that I can’t find inspiration from the beliefs of others. Here’s one lesson that a lot of people don’t consider. The night before his great sacrifice, Christ was terrified or, in his own words, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.” He accepted his fate, but not fearlessly. He prayed to be spared. “Let this cup pass from me.” According to the book of Matthew, he delivered that prayer three times that night.

The inherent lesson there is NOT that a man should feel no fear. It is NOT that a great challenge or great calling should inspire no fear. Rather, it shows us that no matter who you are, you will feel fear.

There have been moments in my life when fear has taken its toll. I can wish for a moment without fear when I need one. But a life without fear? You may as well ask for a life without passion.



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