– All right kids, sit down and shut up, it’s time to read from your
favorite book again, “Unlearn”, from this handsome guy, Humble the Poet. Today I will be reading from
Chapter Four, The Gift of Fear. (funky electronic music) I got 10 years to fill a stadium, but only two minutes to fill your cranium. Humble the Poet signing in. (keyboard keys clacking) Fear is a gift. I’m talking about the fear we have that gives us a jolt when in danger. The jolt gives us either what’s necessary to deal with that danger, or what’s necessary to get
the fuck out of the way. That type of fear is something
we only feel in the present, and then generally last for a short time. Humans are funny creatures because we can carry fears
even when we’re out of danger. If you’ve ever been a victim of crime, you know how it lingers and disrupts the normalcy of
your life for quite some time. It messes with your
sleep, keeps you on edge in seemingly safe situations,
and can serve to paralyze you when you try to move forward. On top of that, we have this awesome, remembering the word awesome
isn’t always a good thing, awesome ability to create fear, not only in ourselves, but also in others. Those fears include,
but aren’t limited to, fear of failure, fear of disappointment, fear of embarrassment, fear of loss, fear of change, fear of truth. These fears are technically
considered phobias, because they’re irrational and don’t actually involve danger. Asking that girl for her
number and having her reply, “Ew, no,” isn’t going to be
the end of your existence. It may feel shitty, and the
desire not to feel shitty may keep you from asking her. These phobia-type fears aren’t gifts like the adrenaline rush you get when the car in front of you stops and suddenly you need to react too swift. The adrenaline goes
away after a few minutes since it’s served its purpose. Phobias only seem to grow
in magnitude and multiply. We all have these phobias and the ones we carry
are as unique as we are. As a mass of people, we can
have collective phobias, and these phobias have been exploited and used to control us
like lab rats for decades, word to Edward Bernays. We avoid these feelings by
playing it safe or playing along. Our feelings of exclusion
motivate our assimilation, our fear of not being noticed
motivates allowed behavior, our fear of loneliness motivates
the personal sacrifices and compromises we think are necessary to be accepted by others. We’re all doing the same dance
but think we’re in it alone because we’re moving to different music. The courage we need to develop is not the knight-in-shining-armor,
super-duper-confident, unfazed courage, it’s the
recognition of what we fear and deciding that even with
the tiniest baby steps, we move forward despite it. FDR said it during one of
America’s lowest times, “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” Whenever I have an issue or
find myself uneasy or hesitant, I ask myself, “What are you afraid of?” Answering that question
clarifies who I am, and is the first step
to overcoming that fear. In most cases, what I
fear is dramatically worse than the reality of the situation. No one is fearless, but
the bravest people I know are those who are most in tune
with their fears and phobias and have decided not to let them get in the way of their happiness. As always, this is going to require you to have a conversation with yourself to discover those fears. Identifying them will be the
first step to conquering them. The bravest people I know are those who are most in tune
with their fears and phobias and have decided to not let them get in the way of their happiness. All right, go to recess. (funky electronic music)


  1. Lol. You sound like my dad. My fear is picking the wrong thing. Always. What is yours? I just had a cha do cup, what about you?

  2. Fear has been injected into our society and honesty sometimes I feel like certain things are impossible. But I only takes one person to go for it to start a movement. No matter what It is. I think getting over a fear is an achievement that everyone should try to strive towards ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi Humble, your a wise man!
    So great to learn lessons from you.
    Sending positive vibes your way.
    Peace Love Dreams! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

  4. The bgm is annoying and distracting, try using a different one. And all the best for your future endeavors btw.

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