If you don’t fall, How are you going to know what getting up is like?
Fear is a powerfully creative force. Every great invention and every intellectual advance has behind it as a part of its motivation the desire to escape some dreaded thing. The fear of darkness caused a man to discover the secret of electricity. The fear of pain led to the marvelous discoveries of medical science. The fear of ignorance was one reason that man built great institutions of learning.8 The fear of war was one of the forces behind the birth of the United Nations. Angelo Patri was right in saying, “Education consists of being afraid at the right time.” If we were to take away man’s capacity to fear, we would take away his capacity to grow, invent and create. Some fear is normal, necessary, and creative.
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