If one has no fear in him one would have self-confidence and can learn everything and can know everything; fear makes one hesitant and lacking in self-confidence.
Therefore, the individual should struggle to reduce his fear level so that he can learn more and know more. To the extent that you have fear to that extent that you impair your learning and doing ability.
Fear is part of the human condition; fear is a biopsychological mechanism for alerting us to threats to our physical and psychological selves; it forces us to do what we have to do to take protective measures, via flight and fight responses. Some people have more fear and anxiety than others. (I have written extensively on fear, anxiety and anger...all three operate through the same biochemical mechanisms in the body; check out some of my writings on fear.)
Actually, if you totally eliminate fear from your life you would become like the gods. The gods are human beings without fear in them so they can think of anything and do it without hesitation. They are able to do so because they do not live in bodies hence do not think of harm to their bodies, pain or death.
On earth, people live in bodies that make them feel pain; they anticipate pain with fear and anxiety and those limit their living fully.
(I employed the term gods here; I am fully aware that no one has demonstrated the existence of gods; I am using the term gods in a metaphorical manner; to me, gods mean human beings when they operate without fear of harm or death and simply do what they enjoy doing that does not harm other persons.)
STUDYING TO UNDERSTAND IDEALISM AND PURSUIT OF POWER IS A SCIENTIFIC ENDEAVOR
The pursuit of ideals, which is the pursuit of power, makes one a political actor, not a scientist. On the other hand, if you devote your time to studying the nature of the pursuit of ideals and power you are engaged in a scientific endeavor (psychoanalysis, psychology and philosophy).
Telling people not to seek ideals and power makes one a moralist, a pointless speaker since people who seek ideals and power do so from childhood, and do it because they think that it enables them to survive.
Alas, pursuit of ideals and power do not enable people to survive; that pursuit merely gives people false sense that they are special, ideal and powerful when, in fact, they are not.
Children who feel inordinately weak desire ideals and power because to their childish minds if they become ideal and powerful they would use the desired ideal and powerful self as a magical wand to do what they have to do to survive.
In the real world such people's bodies remain vulnerable and they are still powerless so they are not using the imaginary magical wand of big self to make real change in them.
Indeed, the desire for ideal and powerful self gives one anxiety from fear of not attaining it. Therefore, one must let go of the desire for ideal, powerful self and superior self and be one's real self, whatever that turns out to be.
PURSUIT OF IDEALS IS MAGICAL THINKING, NOT REALISTIC BEHAVIOR
Pursuing ideals is magical thinking; it makes you wish for castles in the air but in the real world you do not do what you have to do to obtain the money to build those castles.
There is nothing wrong with having mansions and beautiful things but to get those you have to sell to people something they want to buy to get the money and use that money to build your castles in the here and now world; instead, the neurotic wishes for mental ideals but does not actually build them in the concrete world!
Igbos who pursue ideal, powerful and superior self are neurotic noise makers; they identify with their desired imaginary ideal selves and talk as if they are those mere mental constructs; in doing so they feel vicariously powerful when in the real world they are cockroaches. They go about proud of their imaginary special selves but in the real world they do not accomplish much; they only have neurotic false accomplishments, that is, magical accomplishment in their minds but not in the real world.
In the real world Igbos are so naïve that even children can manipulate them. If I choose to, I can manipulate, them; how? All I need to do is tell them that they are special, superior people, as Hitler told Germans, and like Konrad Lorenz's ducklings they would follow you to wherever you want to lead them to.
Every person who desires to manipulate Igbos can easily do so; they are so far ruled by Hausas and Yorubas because those understand that they are mere children pretending to be special and tell them that they are special and they do what they want them to do..
Worse, the typical Igbo knows diddlysquat about leadership; he is too self-centered to be a leader; leaders work for other people not just for themselves; Igbos work for the individual self hence do not make good leaders.
Here is a little advice for you: if you are a manager you should not hire an Igbo for managerial positions; this is because Igbos do not dedicate their selves to serving public good; each Igbo only serves his personal goals and would not hesitate stealing from your work organization to have the resources to seem rich (he only lives to seem rich but does not do what makes him rich by serving other people's needs).
FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU LIKE DOING AND HAVE APTITUDE IN DOING AND GO DO IT TWENTY FOUR SEVEN, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF YOUR MIND IN IT
The typical Igbo is unaware of how to really become successful in life. In his mind working for some outfit that has a big name recognition kind of makes him feel important. He says: I am an engineer and work for Boeing and that kind of makes him feel important (Boeing was started by a twenty- two year old engineering graduate called Boeing, from the University of Washington, Seattle) or if he manages to rustle a job at Microsoft he talks about it and that kind of makes him feel important (Microsoft was started by a nineteen year old Bill Gates and his twenty two year old friend, Paul Allen; Allen was the math's genius who wrote the programs and Gates was the marketing genius who marketed their product; the duo are a perfect match for starting a business).
Igbos who take pride in working for other people do not feel shame from working for other people; a real man ought to feel proud only if he works for his self.
Listen, if you truly want to be successful in life do not work for other people. Of course, when young you can work for other people for a little while but while doing so figure out what you are good at and have aptitude in doing and then go do it; start your own business in that area and do it twenty four- seven and put all your heart and energy into doing it and surround you with those who can help you do what you are doing, those who share your dreams, goals and visions and work around the clock. If you do so you will be happy and successful and if there is market for what you do you will sell it and make money although making money should not be your sole criterion for starting a business.
Years ago, I got sick and tired of teaching at a university and working in the mental health field (where I was the executive director) and quit. In ten years I simply did what I liked to do. I read and wrote. I lived off my savings, and did occasional work to help pay my bills. I self-published sixty books, each, at least, four hundred pages...you can buy them from Barnes and Nobles, Amazon.com and lulu.com (they will now be properly edited and published by major publishers).
I simply read and wrote (on philosophy, psychology and physics, the love of my life); I derived tremendous joy from doing what I was doing, even if I did not make much money from doing it; money is not that important to me (although henceforth I could use lots of it to gratify my other passion: travel the world).
I doubt that there is a psychologist or psychiatrist out there who can compete with me in their field. I am simply the best at doing what I do; this is not empty boasting for all you need to do is come to my presence and you would be scared away by the sudden awareness that there are human beings who know so much that they seem like the gods.
Yes, I am like the gods in the area of my interests, and you, too, can be so if you do what you like doing and have aptitude in doing it.
Now, go do something useful with your life and do it without fear and desire to get other people's approval; just do what you like doing and do it with total commitment.
Peace and happiness lies in being lost while doing what you are doing. When I get up at 4:00 AM, as I usually do, and go to my computer room and turn on the computer and begin typing whatever ideas percolated in my head while I was sleeping, I lose self-awareness; I no longer exist as Ozodi; I am now in the world of the gods and can be there for a couple of hours typing away. Thereafter, I stop and return to our shared social reality (and in the afternoon read what I typed).
Happiness lies in doing something that makes you forget your ego, separated self-concept; folks who go about asserting their ego false selves are actually unhappy people! But they do not know it!
Do you want to live in bliss? Then figure out something and do it to the point of forgetting your ego identity.
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
February 28, 2017