Fear of “the unknown” or fear of accepting the obvious?

The unknown and the mind Mind is always afraid of the unknown "Life is unknown, unpredictable, and your mind is very narrow: it wants to live in the known, in the predictable. Mind is always afraid of the unknown. There is a reason: it is because mind consists of the known. Whatsoever you have known, experienced, learned, mind consists of that. The unknown is not part of the mind. The mind is always afraid of the unknown, the unknown will disturb the mind, so the mind is closed for the unknown. It lives in its routine, it lives in a pattern. It moves in particular grooves, known grooves. It goes on moving, moving, just like a gramophone record. It is afraid to move into the unknown. Life is going into the unknown Life is always moving into the unknown, and you are afraid. You want life to go according to your mind, according to the known, but life cannot follow you. It always moves into the unknown. That is why we are afraid of life, and whenever we get any chance we try to kill life, we try to fix it. Life is a flux." Osho,

 

In reply to the Osho quote below, J.J. wrote:

 

The minds of some are intrigued by the unknown, however the idiom “curiosity killed the cat” does come to mind.

 

Osho („Rajneesh“ Chandra Mohan Jain)

Osho („Rajneesh“ Chandra Mohan Jain) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

J.R. replies:

 

“Curiosity killed the cat” is a statement that people make about fearing what they imagine may be real (and they may be right)- like imagining that through curiosity there will be exposure to danger and disturbance and trouble. Note that it is not literally possible to fear the unknown. We simply do not know enough about “the unknown” to fear it. We can be cautious, but that is not fear. That is alertness.

 

It is fine to fear the imagined too. It can be healthy and mature to be humble and conservative in our explorations and curiosity.

 

Dangerous Risk Adrenaline Suicide by Fear of F...

Dangerous Risk Adrenaline Suicide by Fear of Falling (Photo credit: epSos.de)

 

Fearing the imagined is part of relaxing from terror and trauma- part of recovering. We imagine some repeating of a past trauma and that reminds us to be cautious- or, in extreme cases, the agonizing can be “paralyzing.” How is such an extreme paralysis broken? Ironically, people drop their terrified paralysis if they are sufficiently terrified by an imminent emergency, like a tornado or explosion.

 

The idea of embracing or exploring the unknown is the basic orientation natural to children and is maintained by some scientists and so on. (When Jesus spoke of the humble innocent curiosity of children, he identified that quality as essential to spiritual maturity, or what some translators have rendered as “entering the kingdom of heaven.”) 

 

Those who argue defensively about how their ideas are best are afraid of learning, as in terrified or ashamed. They imagine that their model of reality may contain some inaccuracy and if they fear learning then they are ongoingly disturbed or panicked or hysterical.

 

They are in hell. They say upset outbursts like “this should not be!” They condemn people and ideas and religions and governments as “what should not be.” They do not fear the unknown. They fear admitting or accepting what they know but wish they did not know.

 

 

 

Osho:

 

Fear terror eye

Fear terror eye (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

 

The unknown and the mind

Mind is always afraid of the unknown

“Life is unknown, unpredictable, and your mind is very narrow: it wants to live in the known, in the predictable. Mind is always afraid of the unknown. There is a reason: it is because mind consists of the known. Whatsoever you have known, experienced, learned, mind consists of that. The unknown is not part of the mind. The mind is always afraid of the unknown, the unknown will disturb the mind, so the mind is closed for the unknown. It lives in its routine, it lives in a pattern. It moves in particular grooves, known grooves. It goes on moving, moving, just like a gramophone record. It is afraid to move into the unknown.

Life is going into the unknown

Life is always moving into the unknown, and you are afraid. You want life to go according to your mind, according to the known, but life cannot follow you. It always moves into the unknown. That is why we are afraid of life, and whenever we get any chance we try to kill life, we try to fix it. Life is a flux.” 


 

English: Mug shot of Osho (Rajneesh) in 1985 t...

English: Mug shot of Osho (Rajneesh) in 1985 taken by the Oregon Department of Corrections, Multnomah County, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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