A Referendum on Our Fears

Thursday, January 12, 2012

San Diego Union-Tribune -- Lawrence M. Hinman, PhD, is professor of philosohpy at University of San Diego. 

Fear is a good thing. The soldier who knows no fear is a liability, as likely to endanger fellow soldiers through foolhardy acts as save them and more likely to lose his own life needlessly. So, too, soldiers who fear too much or who fear the wrong things are a liability to themselves and others. Whether on the battlefield or in everyday life, we need what Aristotle called rightly ordered fears, that is, we need to learn to fear the right things, in the right way, and at the right time. This is precisely what the seasoned combatant teaches the new recruit: what is worth fearing and how to respond to it. (Full Story

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