False Evidence Appearing Real

I was scared and fearing for my life.

I was shakin like a leaf on a tree.

cause he was lean, mean,

Big and bad, lord,

Pointin that gun at me.

                                      Lynyrd Skynyrd


Courage is the cliche hallmark attributed to the hero. I say clichebecause people talk about courage as if it is some mysterious force onlya hero is born with. Courage is a vague and fleeting concept for manypeople because they lack it themselves. People lack courage because theylack knowledge. They have no idea where the true source of couragecomes from.

As Socrates pointed out, ‘People not only don’t know, but they don’tknow that they don’t know.’ This is why so many people on earth live infear. Fear of death. Fear of life. Fear of living their nightmares.Fear of living their dreams.

What is fear? FEAR: False Evidence that Appears Real.

The ‘false evidence’ being our own manufactured worries, doubts, andnegative images often of events that have not even taken place yet.

Fear is the perception or misconception of the unknown.

Nelson Mandela had this to say about courage: ‘I learned that couragewas not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it…I felt fear myselfmore times than I can remember, but I hid it behind a mask of boldness.The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquersthat fear.’


Mr. McCreery

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