Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fear

FEAR, n. A sense of the total depravity of the immediate future.
He either fears his fate too much,
Or his deserts are small,
Who dares not put it to the touch-
Who'd rather pass than call.
Earl of Montrose
2009 Update: Panic at the mundane or its variations.

20 comments:

Jim said...

Oh Gosh, I always call!
Especially when I am FIRST!
More later, I'll pass for now.
..
I was here even earlier but I hate to leave a misspelled word on the Internet. I am afraid of ridicule when I do that.
..

Lily Strange said...

I'm afraid that I fear just about everything.

Nessa said...

Fear is my middle name (and my first initial and my personal suffix.)

Tom & Icy said...

Yelling Boo! in a crowded theater.

Ariel the Thief said...

Wow, great definition, Doug, I don't think it can be ├╝bered. Sometimes you sound like someone else.

TLP said...

An emotion that we are born with, so it must serve a purpose.

At the start we fear being launched down the birth canal into life inself, and in the end we fear death. I think the first fear is valid.

Thom said...

Nothing to fear but fear itself.

Doug said...

Jim, you're right to fear ridicule. It's the easiest harm to come to.

Lily, just remember they can't take your freedom to imagine beetles under your pillow.

Nessa, and I go by Scary McSpooky.

Boo who?

Ariel, you just named my fear, actually.

That there's some fine philosophy, TLP. Glad you lived to tell it.

Where have I heard that before, Thom? Oh, yeah- in a nightmare.

Anonymous said...

"Oderint dum metuant" - Caligulina

the amoeba said...

FEAR, n. One of those who are paying their dues ("fees").

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear.

I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing.

Only I will remain.

- Frank Herbert

quilly said...

Facing [the]
Expectation [of]
Abject
Remorse (one's own).

Or, in the language of the verifier: wakies

Omnipotent Poobah said...

fear...that thing we have to fear itself.

fear - the last refuge of the bully.

Anonymous said...

FEAR NOT
i have returned
missed many a heated topic
thats ok
war and peace
are enough to
ponder
for me.......

the last
week
has been a week
of wonder

the fruits of good
sun soil water seeds
a harvest moon
and the simple joys
of this planet
and peoples


damn,(just kidding)
FEAR, did not even
enter the picture
at one time ,
yes !!!

those helicopters
or spotter planes
were enough.......
well enough said

JAH

actonbell said...

"Vampires, mummies, and the holy ghost, these are the things that terrify me the most" Jimmy Buffett ear worm!

Good word for October, Doug, and I agree with Ariel:)

cropoly - hogging up the cream of the crop

sauerkraut said...

fear: not a word to see immediately after reading Cooper's post on satire and the beautitude of Rush Limbaugh.

We have met the enemy and that enemy is us - forgotten

the amoeba said...

Kitty! How could you forget the immortal Pogo?

Doug said...

Caligula, let them google so long as they're uninformed.

Well quoted, Muad'dib. Still kind of nerdy, though.

Wakies, indeed, Quilly.

And the first of the coward, Poobah.

Hahaha, Bear. Welcome back. Good to see the tin foil protected your mind.

Actonbell, I think you just channeled Karma.

Sauerkraut, we're forgotten soon enough, it's true.

One of the great comics, Amoeba. Bless Walt (O')Kelly.

Anonymous said...

man oh man
tin foil
no no
you need to use
what i use
which is
iceland produced
aluminium foil

tin,so old school
you must keep up
with advances
shielding properly
is a must

jah

cooper said...

it's what controls us, yes?

Hobbes said...

Wisdom or cowardice, depending on one's perspective.