What Will You Do If You Weren't Afraid?

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Fear is a natural emotion and a survival mechanism. When we confront a perceived threat, our bodies respond in specific ways. Physical reactions to fear include sweating, increased heart rate, and high adrenaline levels that make us extremely alert. This physical response is also known as the “fight or flight” response, with which your body prepares itself to either enter combat or run away. This biochemical reaction is likely an evolutionary development. It's an automatic response that is crucial to our survival. The concept of fear was carefully described in Chinua Achebe's magnum opus, Things Fall Apart. Achebe discribed Okonkwo as a man who was afraid of failure. His father, Unoka was a failure in his days. He did not farm but was all around playing the flute for a local band. He died a shameful death and did not get any chieftaincy title. Okonkwo's life revolved around fear. He was careful not to make the mistakes his father made. He was also afraid of being thought weak. That was how he drew the knife and killed Ikemefuna, a boy who called him father. Let me ask you now. What is that thing you would do if you weren't afraid?

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