The Purpose of Fear

When there is nothing left in the world worth seeing then the man looks towards God!

The making of time cannot be avoided. Only our sense of understanding it can change.

So quickly Year 2020 brought August to us that we hardly prepared ourselves to welcome it. Infact, nobody seems to care about it’s coming. The ravages 2020 brought to us is far from over.

Since we are running slow with all the fears engulfing us amid Covid 19 pandemic, we are hardly noticing the ticking of clock. But the time will not stop even if we cease to exist.

People are fed up now and the virus is peaking. They want to enjoy the freedom though time and again they are jolted by the fear of the virus which brings their sense back.

A certain incident happened which brought a rare smile on many faces. I was outside a grocery store and the keeper was struggling to persuade the crowd to maintain social distancing, they made a herd like bees.

They were relentless and stupidly ignoring the virus looming around them. I took it on myself to teach them a lesson. I marched towards the most belligerent one who was arguing at the top of his voice. I told him to calm down and follow social distancing as it is for everyone’s safety.

But then he confronted me and asked, “Excuse me gentleman, who are you to teach me wisdom? “

I chuckled and observed many faces attacking me with their looks though the shopkeeper looked at me with hope, the hope of saving him from that chaos.

I replied, “I am no one but a victim “.
Everyone got confused, they became curious and I prepared myself to give them a final blow.

I finally revealed, “I have just returned from 14 days of quarantine”.

The words echoed like fire through kerosene. As soon as I said it the most belligerent one jumped few feet backwards and the others followed too. The entire crowd was shell shocked.

They were suddenly haunted by the virus. I became their virus though I was lying. My weapon was fear which brought their senses back.

It brought smiles on the face of the shopkeeper and many onlookers. And everyone came back to their civilised best and followed social distancing .

I guess that’s the purpose of fear. It really makes us feel alive. It injects a sudden thrill which we need from time to time in order to comprehend life in its purest form.
That’s the true message of this pandemic, slow down, amend your ways and feel the precious life which we ignore very often.

44 thoughts on “The Purpose of Fear

  1. Bon Repos Gites August 1, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    A thought provoking post on combating herd mentality well!

  2. Nawazish August 1, 2020 / 5:50 pm

    Very thought provoking!!

  3. Michael Fored August 1, 2020 / 6:26 pm

    The purpose of ”inner fears” is unboubtedly to hide behind! 😁

  4. W.Oliver August 2, 2020 / 4:20 am

    I’ve been feeling the same way, I’ve found most people to hate all the “stay at home” orders. I’m enjoying it to no end, I’ve become less stressed, more loving and all around happier. I should add I’ve been limited to semi teleworking and meeting about meeting of MS teams but video chats are better in sweat pants! Take care!

    • singhpiyush6089 August 2, 2020 / 4:26 am

      I think this is the time of healing both for nature and us.. Yes we want to enjoy our freedom of roaming around but the damages humanity did to nature has a price to pay.. It is our time to amend our ways.. Take care, stay safe… Thank you for sharing your precious thoughts..

      • W.Oliver August 2, 2020 / 4:37 am

        Agreed, thank you!

  5. rothpoetry August 3, 2020 / 8:06 pm

    I believe fear brings understanding! In the KJV of the Bible it says… “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom/” You illustrated this very well.

    • singhpiyush6089 August 4, 2020 / 3:16 am

      Thank you so much for your sharing your valuable thoughts here.. It really mean a lot..

  6. Adventures & Beats August 6, 2020 / 7:57 pm

    “False Expectations that Appear Real” it’s funny how fear works. Good thinking on the quarantine bit! Some people do not take the virus seriously. I applaud you on your quick thinking.
    Your last statement, so true. We live in a time where everything is instant and fast. It’s easy to be impatient. Covid has helped me slow down and appreciate the now. To stop and appreciate the little things, which in the end are the big things.

    • singhpiyush6089 August 7, 2020 / 2:57 am

      Yes, it’s quite difficult to live in constant fear for a long time.. It is quite an art to do so without any problem.. Thank you for your precious thoughts.. Stay safe, take care

  7. bejamin4 August 7, 2020 / 8:54 pm

    You’re right. Fear is seen as bad. But fear can help us focus on what is important! Good perspective you brought with this!

    • singhpiyush6089 August 8, 2020 / 4:51 am

      Yes, every negative has another kind of positivity in it.. Thank you for for your appreciation..

      • bejamin4 August 8, 2020 / 7:32 am

        You’re right. You’re welcome!

  8. dixitmrityunjay August 8, 2020 / 7:32 am

    Very inspirational. We must mend our ways and slow down instead of wasting this precious time away. Lovely writeup, Piyush.

  9. AP2 August 8, 2020 / 5:49 pm

    Your first quote reminds me of another, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” Fear is an extremely useful emotion – of course it is. The problem is we often it give it far too much power. We need to be aware of it and understand when its rational (ie social distancing) versus when it’s not (ie I should never leave home again). Fear is certainly meant to make us feel alive!! I think that was by design! Thanks for sharing.

    • singhpiyush6089 August 8, 2020 / 5:53 pm

      Yes, we all need both the positive and negatives of life in just the right proportion to create balance.. Extremes are always harmful… Thank you for sharing your thoughts… Thank you for coming across.. Your blog is amazing too.. Would love to read your upcoming posts..

      • AP2 August 8, 2020 / 6:02 pm

        Thank you – Thats very kind of you to say. The feeling is mutual. I agree – It’s the realists who fare the best – not the optimist or the pessimists. Another quote for you – “You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality.” – JAMES STOCKDALE. Thanks again – I look forward to reading your future work. 🙏

      • singhpiyush6089 August 8, 2020 / 6:05 pm

        This is really an enlightening one..Keep writing.. An Absolute pleasure to come across you…

      • lavenderthemauve August 22, 2020 / 4:39 pm

        This was something i was searching…is there always light at the end of the tunnel

    • singhpiyush6089 August 14, 2020 / 3:08 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words… I checked your work… It’s great.. Love to follow it

  10. wholelottarosie August 15, 2020 / 11:24 am

    Very beautifully explained. Your writing is so amazing 🙌😍😍
    Greetings from the beautiful Rhine-Highlands / Germany …

  11. nedhamson August 28, 2020 / 4:06 pm

    Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News and commented:
    I guess that’s the purpose of fear. It really makes us feel alive. It injects a sudden thrill which we need from time to time in order to comprehend life in its purest form.
    That’s the true message of this pandemic, slow down, amend your ways and feel the precious life which we ignore very often.

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