By David G. Firestone
October is known for a few things, baseball playoffs, pink for breast cancer, and most of all, Halloween. With Halloween comes scary movies, trick or treating, and controversy. I’m getting sick of religious groups trying to convince cities and towns to outlaw trick or treating. A country of 300,000,000 people doesn’t have to change for you.
Moving on, the major thing that drives Halloween is spooks and fear. Fear is an interesting emotion, since it’s really the only emotion that all living creatures possess. For most creatures, the big fear is the fear of death. Death is a really scary concept because what happens after death, nobody knows. The end of life drives every creature on the planet Earth.
For humans, there are many other fears. Some of them can be rationalized, such as the fear of losing loved ones, the fear of being fired, and the fear of death. We each have our own fears, some of which we can rationalize, at least to ourselves, others we don’t know why we are afraid of it. One fear I learned about recently is Aulophobia, or the fear of flutes. There are some people who are genuinely afraid of the most mundane of objects.
I’ve said before that I’m afraid of thunder and lightning, and I’m afraid of flying. Again, one of these fears is easy to rationalize. I don’t like the idea of sitting in a metal tube for hours on end, 20,000 feet off the ground, where if something goes wrong, there is 20,000 feet to the ground, followed by an explosion and fire. It’s why when I travel, I use Amtrak. Plus with Amtrak, I’m not glued to a seat, I can get up and walk around whenever I want.
The thunder and lightning fear is a bit harder to rationalize. Granted I do work outside, so I have to worry about the dangers it poses, but I’ve been afraid of it my whole life. I guess it has to do with the sudden bright light in the midst of darkness, then the loud booming sound. I’m not alone when it comes to this fear. Lots of people are afraid of thunder and lightning.
I’m also going to confess to a fear of clowns. Now this is an odd one since there is no reason in this world I should be afraid of clowns. I’ve noticed something when it comes to this fear. I’m not afraid of “scary” clowns. Take Pennywise the Clown from It, for example. That doesn’t bother me at all, since Pennywise is supposed to be scary. To me, the creepy clowns are the ones that are supposed to be cute and funny. The cute and funny clowns scare me more than scary clowns. There is something about cute clowns that scares me, and for the life of me, I can’t figure it out.
Many people have found various ways to deal with crippling fears, some of which have ruined their lives. I’m not sure if I should deal with these fears, since they don’t really hinder my life at all. I hope I don’t get anymore fears since they aren’t fun, and I hope you don’t either.