Mine are coming face-to-face, in the wild, with one of the following three: sharks, bears, or snakes. Movies that make my skin crawl are: “Jaws” (or too many episodes of Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week”); “The Edge”; “Snakes on Plane”, “Anaconda” (the list of snake-infested movies is too long to list).
Scientists have learned that the neural processes associated with the development of fear are the same whether humans personally experience an aversive event or only witnessed it.
The New York University study is the first to examine the brain basis of fears acquired indirectly, through the observation of others. The study shows that the amygdala, which is known to be critical to the acquisition and expression of fears from personal experience, is also involved during the acquisition and expression of fears obtained indirectly through social observation.
In FID, I will open the closet door--just enough--to give you a peek at Fear. I don’t mean to scare you, only bring to mind that the capacity to fear is part of human nature. Since the feeling of fear cannot be avoided, we must not let fear blind us to the wonderful blessings associated with faith.
So, how do I avoid encountering my greatest fears? I don’t go swimming in the ocean. I stay out of the woods. I watch where I step. In other words, I keep the closet door closed.
And just in case you were wondering, there are no sharks, bears, or snakes in “Flight into Darkness”... or are there? Hmm...