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    You don’t run across a Dune reference every day. As I was reading it, I was thinking that it sounded just like Frank Herbert. Evidently, so was the letter-writer.

    Fear is the oldest and strongest emotion

    All we have to fear is fear itself — a nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror, which paralyzes our efforts. Fear is the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind.

    Blacks fear whites; whites fear blacks. Haves fear have-nots. The rich fear the poor. Weakness fears strength. Ignorance fears knowledge. Wrongs fear rights. The past fears the future. Some old-timers fear the youth.

    As we liberate ourselves from fear, we find its other side…freedom! Fearing the unknown instead of securing knowledge and truth will continue to suppress the majority of people who cling to past beliefs. When faced with fear, thinking becomes short-circuited.

    Fear is a motivator, motivating us to do many things no matter if they are right or wrong. A life of fear is a life spent with “what-ifs,” producing the worst condition to be brought upon us.

    Having fear is nothing out of the ordinary; it exists from our cradles to our graves. We can’t escape fear; it is part of our personalities. Love, kindness, compassion, tolerance and peace can be implanted in the psyche of man only when fear and paranormal illusion are removed.

    As paraphrased from Bene Gesserit’s “Litany Against Fear”: We must not fear, it kills the mind bringing obliteration. We must face our fears and permit them to pass on by. Then simply look back at their paths. There will be nothing left when fears have gone.

    Only we will remain…Fayetteville: History, fearless heroes, hometown feeling!

    Cassandra McMillion

    And, in case anyone isn’t familiar with the original:

    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.

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