Happy Halloween! When the youngest children get to immerse themselves in everything spooky and scary. Seth Godin recently posted a piece which lauds the embrace of fear that so many of us shirk from in his post “Afraid of Afraid”
- “Our culture has persistently reminded us that the only thing to fear is fear itself, that confessing fear is a failure and that it’s better to lie than to appear un-brave. And so we pretend to be experts in public health and epidemiology instead of simply saying, ‘I’m afraid.’…The bravest leaders and contributors aren’t worried about appearing afraid. It allows them to see the world more clearly.
In the same way that Santa Claus teaches children about embracing fallibility of truth, perhaps Halloween teaches them to embrace fear.