Fear Itself

‘Listen to me,’ says Fear.
‘Believe me.
I’m here to protect you.
Trust me.
I’ve done it before, right?
Haven’t I saved you
from some seemingly
bad situations?
Haven’t I kept you
from making plenty of
possibly huge mistakes?
Haven’t I pushed you
away from potentially
dangerous people?
Haven’t I helped you
to steer clear of
anticipated discomfort?
Haven’t I protected you from
the pain of inevitable failure?

Yes, I have. You know I have. It was me. It has always been me.

I’m right. You know I’m right.
Listen to me. I’m the rational one. Me.
It’s not Dare.
It’s not Try.
It’s not Chance.
Those guys don’t know what they’re talking about.
It’s me.

Listen to me. I wouldn’t steer you wrong. I have your best interests in mind.

Do you remember that tv show, Herman’s Head?
With all the people
living inside of the guy’s head?
Yeah… That. It’s just like that.
We’re all in here.
And the reason we all get along is because they know
who the boss is. It’s me.
I’m the boss.
That’s why you hear
me loudest. That’s why you feel
me most.
But those guys
They try to rally and override me sometimes.

With Logic. He’s their ringleader.

But don’t listen to Logic.
He has no idea what he’s talking about.
We were switched at birth, you know. The two of us. He got my name.
I’m the clear thinker, here.
I’m the one who knows things.
I was the biggest and strongest.
And I grew quickly.
He took a really long time to develop.
And even now,
I can make split second decisions
for you.
But he moves slowly. So many
trials and errors
hypotheses and experiments
theorems and proofs
rationale and tangible results.
That stuff takes time.
And too much energy. Way too much.
He really wears me out.
Doesn’t he make you tired?

So , listen to me.
It’s so much easier to just
do what I say.
It will save us both a lot
of time and energy.
Just listen to me.
I go with my gut.
I know what’s what.
I’ll keep you safe.
Comfortable.
I’m here to protect you.
I will protect you.
Just listen to me.
Trust me. Come with me.
Okay?

…Good.’

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The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. And maybe those advertisements that show up below this. They’re kinda scary sometimes.

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