Yesterday we saw what it would take to tear ourselves away from the Fear that underlies the Major Myths: we have to align ourselves with the force of Creativity.
Today we will take another look at the Fear beneath all the Myths, and we will see that it causes the Myths to limit our potential, and thus prevents us from aligning with the force of Creativity.
Another look at the primary fears underlying conservatism
As soon as we began our consideration of the Major myths we learned that there are two fears propping up all the Myths—the fear of scarcity and the fear of others. We also saw that neither of these fears in necessary. We don’t need to fear scarcity, because we can always turn to our ability to act well in stressful situations. And we don’t need to fear others, because there is no need to assume that people will act badly in stressful situations.
It should be clear by now that accepting these two fears in our world view is a severely limiting factor on what we can do in our lives. They are the principal reason why the baby boom generation has made such a mess of things. Because they fear scarcity, they have tried to pile up wealth beyond all reason. By doing so, they hope to convince themselves that they can’t be touched by scarcity. And because they fear others, they have tried to maneuver themselves into positions of power, so that they can take advantage of others if they consider it necessary.
The result of all this fearful activity is man-made scarcity. This scarcity in turn generates more fear of scarcity and more fear of others, in a never-ending cycle of fear for those trapped in the Myther world view.
But if you break free from the Myths, break away from your fears, perhaps you will be able to create a new world view in which man-made scarcity can be alleviated by man-made creativity.
The Myths are limiting, hence uncreative
The most devastating effect of the Myths is this: no one can be truly creative, truly the author of his own life, and truly a benefactor to his fellow men if he remains under the spell of the Myths. The reason for this is that the Myths, as we have seen, are all about Fear, and Fear limits severely what one can do, what one can see, and what one can imagine.
Why does Fear cripple us like this? Because as soon as we fear someone or something, we instantly give it power over us. Suddenly we become reactive, always watching to see whether and how we can avoid falling into the situation we fear. Suddenly we are no longer the prime mover in your own lives, but the slaves of others.
If you have a fear of heights, you will never be able to climb up on the dome of St. Peter’s in Rome, or look down on the vast, green plains of Kansas from a balloon. If you are afraid of your professors, you will never be able to get close enough to them to learn what they have to teach. If you fear public speaking, you will never be able to hear the applause of an appreciative audience. If you fear risking money, you will never have the satisfaction of creating a useful, productive, and successful company. Everyone has a list of fears he or she can refer to, and everyone can easily see the experiences they cannot have as long as the fears remain sovereign.
By controlling you this way, Fear prevents you from being creative. If you are under the control of someone or something outside of yourself, you cannot create at all; you can only follow the promptings that come from the person on thing that controls you. And even if you are relatively free in areas that don’t touch one of your fears, you can only go so far in that area—only up to the point where it collides with the area of your other fears. So your whole life is cramped and squeezed by your fears. The more of them you can clear away, the more creative you will be.
Tomorrow we will show that the Major Myths, although they pretend to alleviate Fear, actually exacerbate it, making us more anxious rather than less.
Until tomorrow, then.
16 January 2013
by Alfred George filed under