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A diet of fear

This is probably one of the most important things you could ever connect with.

So much damage is caused by fear driven decisions. It destroys your spirit leaving you to find comfort in the very source of the fear that is destroying you.

If you’ve been raised on a diet of fear and compliance, it is inevitable that your choices will reflect your fears, and not your dreams

Fear destroys hope and replaces it with futility.

In the face of futility, we resort to compliance, because compliance provides us with familiarity.

Familiarity tethers us to rituals, traditions, and behaviours that feed the cycle that sustains the power of fear.

That is, the cycle of compliance at all costs.

When compliance becomes the objective, blind following becomes the method, and critical thinking is set aside in favour of inclusion.

The need for inclusion destroys dreams, breaks hearts, and damages souls, leaving in its wake a field of martyrs who surrender their joy in the face of futility, not realising that it is fear that breeds futility, and not overwhelming odds.

Be courageous, brave soul. Self-imposed martyrdom is not the only path to peace. In fact, it defeats that very goal.

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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