“Fear always springs from ignorance.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We fear what we don’t know. To know implies taking the time and effort to understand by observing impartially, asking questions and reflecting on what we learned.
Ralph Waldo Emerson had a very admirable ability in his life,it was the ability to objectify and reflect. A leader of the the transcendalist movement he was very keen on the idea of “the infinitude of the private man.” Emerson was a fim believer that man had an infinite amount of power within him to tackle any dilemma that life might throw at us.
Emerson had a few troubles thrown at him in his life. His father passed when Emerson was only 8, and his wife died early on in their marriage. His good friends died well before him, and his best friend and mentee, David Thoreau, died while Emerson was only 44. Despite these troubles and potentially devastating events, Emerson still found his solace inward.
Whether we believe it or not, we are unique due to something known as intelligence. We know about mental intelligence, but we also have emotional intelligence – the ability to handle varying items in our lives. Priorities, pressures, relationships, and disagreements are all opportunities to show our emotional intelligence. But it is only with introspection and knowing your true self that you can grow your emotional intelligence.
Be sure to take the time to learn. Learn about yourself, learn about life, learn about others, learn the truth, learn, learn. The more you know, the less room fear will have to control you. Many greek writers/thinkers had it correct when they wrote “gnothi seauton”. That translates into english as “Know Thyself”.