Thursday, October 26, 2017

"Landscape With the Fall of Icarus" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
YourGreatestFear sounds like atmosphere. Space capsules descend into the atmosphere where they require shields to protect them from the enormous heat that's produced. YourGreatestFear is a similarly dangerous zone that's entered when a host of contingencies all occur at the same time. could be the name of a site which delineates specific kinds of conditions, but everyone is familiar with common instances like freezing up in front of an audience, losing your job and coming home to find out that your significant other is leaving you, having it pour when it rains, and hoping you will hit a homer and have all your wishes fulfilled when you're on the verge of striking out and finding that literally nothing you have hoped for will come to pass. This is a situation which might be familiar to those who dabble in the Daedalus Icarus myth. Your grandiose or stratospheric wishes end up leading to  YourGreatestFear which is that you will be left high and dry. Like the atmosphere YourGreatestFear is a region where acceleration (of wishes) produces enormous resistance which can result in complete burn out. You approach YourGreatestFear with trepidation since you know it's something that's loaded with obstacles and which by its very nature is going to produce the exact reverse of everything you desire. If this weren’t the case then there would be nothing to be afraid of. But YourGreatestFear can also build inordinate strength since by having YourGreatestFear occur you bring about spiritual growth. As Nietzsche once said, “that which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”

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