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Old 12-01-2006, 02:48 PM   #1
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Is fear always a bad thing?

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Rosie O’Donnell: "Well, you have two choices in life, Elisabeth. Faith or fear. Faith or fear, that's your choice. You can walk through life believing in the goodness of the world or walk through life afraid of anyone who thinks different than you and trying to convert them to your way of thinking. And I think that this country–"

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: "Well, I'm a person of faith, so I, but I also believe–"

O’Donnell: "Well, then, get away from the fear. Don't fear the terrorists. They’re mothers and fathers."
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Are you asking in general, or just in context with this quote?
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I try not to live in fear. Including fear of terrorists.
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"Perfect love casts out fear." ~ 1st Letter of John
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I think you can walk through life believing in the goodness of the world but with a healthy dose of fear that's rooted in reality. You can't let it paralyze you or fundamentally change who you are, but at the same time you can't live with your head in the sand or elsewhere believing that everything is puppies and roses.

I think the key is to recognize the difference between real fear that's rooted in realisic causes and manufactured, manipulative fear. And to act accordingly.

Faith can help you deal with fear, but faith should never be used to induce fear. You need both in healthy doses and in a healthy balance.

Living in unrealistic fear and worry is such an unhappy way in which to live. It's a happiness zapper.
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That's a quote from Rosie O'Donnell. I think she's an ignorant hypocrite that wants to have things both ways. I think this statement, like most of her other "big opinions", makes no sense and is a vast over simple-ization of a nonsensical starting point.

That being said, you can go so far as to say people have Faith because they have Fear. You can say they have no Faith for they have no fear, or they have no fear because they have faith. She makes no sense. I bet she talking all loud and puffed up. God, she irks me. Ugh. STFU.

As for me I have both at times, more one than the other at times. Sometimes little of either. I don't believe that they are directly related, myself.
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I think you can walk through life believing in the goodness of the world but with a healthy dose of fear that's rooted in reality.
I disagree. Fear is different than caution. I'm cautious, but not fearful. Fearful people are paralyzed and incapable of growth. Cautious people understand there are bad things and people, but we watch out for them when we need to, not constantly.
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People who believe in God are so dumb.

And to fight over it is even more silly.

Is your "Imaginary friend" better than my "Imaginary friend".

Religion should be Outlawed in the World.

Hello People, there is no god of any type.

We don't need to kill each other in his "Imaginary" name.
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People who believe in God are so dumb.

And to fight over it is even more silly.

Is your "Imaginary friend" better than my "Imaginary friend".

Religion should be Outlawed in the World.

Hello People, there is no god of any type.

We don't need to kill each other in his "Imaginary" name.

People who make such sweeping judgments are so dumb.

People don't kill each other in God's name, they kill for money, power, land, wealth, resources......and say they are doing it in God's name.
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People who believe in God are so dumb.

And to fight over it is even more silly.

Speaking of dumb.
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Fear isn't necessarily bad. Everyone's afraid of poisonous snakes. If you're not, something's wrong with you.
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But do you walk around being fearful of a poisonous snake? No. You're cautious when you're where you know they will be. You don't let the fear of them prevent you from doing something.
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But do you walk around being fearful of a poisonous snake? No. You're cautious when you're where you know they will be. You don't let the fear of them prevent you from doing something.


I'm not afraid of poisonous snakes, because I know about them and can easily predict how they will act and react...

I guess I could say I'm afraid of terrorism because people like me ARE part of the target, but I don't live in fear and I don't make decisions based on fear.
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I disagree. Fear is different than caution. I'm cautious, but not fearful. Fearful people are paralyzed and incapable of growth. Cautious people understand there are bad things and people, but we watch out for them when we need to, not constantly.
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