Faith vs Fear


Last Friday, as out on one of our Friday dine out events at an American Dinerwe happened to be friends there with a lady aged with experience and insights and so much and more was just being casually discussed over a steaming cup of hot coffee getting cold. It is then when out of the many things, she mentioned about FEAR and FAITH and defined FEAR as explicitly as a “False Evidence Appearing Real”. I couldn’t have agreed more. Yes, Faith and Fear do walk hand in hand and sometimes they do tend to appear as one.

Ever since then, I really haven’t been able to take it off my mind. It’s so true. Faith is what we have within ourselves and Fear is what we make or perceive of. Both Fear and Faith walk like controversial partners, hand in hand and in most circumstances they do go through an osmosis and in a blink of an eye, become one.

While Faith is the heart’s own child, Fear, as I perceive, is the child of the analytical mind. From all the hardships, struggles, pitfalls and deception that we come across in our social and materialistic living, Fear is born. And as we grow older, so does it grow with us in some form or another.

Fear brings in, the dark clouds of doubt in a package deal and persuades us never to leave the shore of comfort. It makes us question time and time again about our capabilities and wants us to surrender the weaker part of us until its objective is finally fulfilled.

But Faith, I guess on the other hand just makes us feel different and real. No matter what the world thinks of us or who we may want to portray ourselves as Faith appears to be the candid mirror to all that talking that happens inside each one of us. It is Faith, that end of the day keeps us moving and forces us to push open the shutter or the rusted gates locked by Fear.

As I have been pondering over this for the past couple of days, I can now relate and make complete sense to the devil and angel sitting on the shoulders of our favorite cartoon characters, driving them insane to make the right call and choose the path that is less traveled than usual.

It is weird, how as a child, things that we so casually picked up and learned, fade away and seem to be lost while we aim and aspire to be a member of this the ‘civilized and advanced’ world of the grown-ups.

At each stage, both Fear and Faith have been the toughest challenges to be fought in their own ways, just that the innocent and untainted hearts of a child always saw Faith and lived merrily as ever and the one now living in the shell of a grown-up is entrusted with the job of assessing Fear more than it can actually handle.

And recently, as I have been deciphering many angles of my goals vis-a-vis my comfort zones crowded with the constant chatter inside my head, this very break-up of the word, ‘FEAR ~ False Evidence Appearing Real’ brings in a ray of some needed hope. It compels me to realize that had it not been for this competition of Fear or Faith that only the persistent caterpillars and not all, could break their cocoon in splendid colors of a butterfly and woo the world, the bold sunflowers that gaze right into the eye of the blazing Sun and bloom carelessly, the first Human and so many more who followed the footprints thereafter, to ever dare to climb the unattainable peaks of the Himalayas and also for those who believed to discover the world that exists beyond the merely vast circumference of the Earth and eventually were rewarded with a different perspective of the horizon. 

P.S: Do you feel the same conflict of Fear and Faith within you? I would be curious and inspired to know your story and how you decide to choose, in the comments below 🙂

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Leio McLaren

2 Replies to “Faith vs Fear”

  1. Hi friend. This is a great prose you’ve discussed here… I had a lot of conflict with fear & faith all through my life. Fear is – False Evidence Appearing Real & Faith is something amazing if u can hold onto it. I keep giving a call to my conscience & keep reminding.. ‘ What if I fall….Oh, my darling what if you can fly’? This is the real distinction between the words ‘Fear’ & ‘Faith’. I have a simple understanding & approach to it. When I say this, I need to feed my faith & starve my fear. I’ve been both a winner and a loser, (hopeless)- which is fear itself & courageous too, which I see as a Faith again. Fear paralyzes & Faith mobilizes. This is the meaning of our existence , & we believe this somewhere , sometime in our journey we take upto life’s edge.. Thank you for this great article of yours. It’s so intriguing, thought-provoking & insightful. I find it quite imbibing! I have a great start of the day by reading your post.
    Love, Fatma

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    1. Thank you Fatma..yes the fight of fear and faith is endless. I still do have mine and it takes a lot of courage to make the choice. I loved it when our friend described Fear. It was so apt that I couldn’t stop writing about it.
      So glad you liked it.❤️

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