I’m noodling the topic of “mastering fear”, partly for personal reasons — gotta master The Fear one of these years — and partly for possible writing/blog/book topics.
I recall the comments in Dune on “fear is the mind-killer”. I recall Carlos Castenada’s Don Juan on the topic of fear: I believe he thought fear was the first Great Enemy (btw, the last great enemy is Old Age, that creeps up on you while you’re battling the other Great Enemies). Actually, I may well re-read Don Juan on this subject; he’s worth listening to.
I recall Aristotle’s idea that courage was the mean between fear and foolhardiness, but I don’t recall he gave much practical advice on how to move into the Zone of that golden mean.
I’m after practical steps Average Joe’s and Jill’s can use to master fear rather than hymns of praise to courage. Would appreciate any help you can offer.