Fear of Failure vs Freedom
The Black Commenter says,
The thing about freedom is that it is inherently insecure. There were slaves who did not want to leave the plantations after abolition because they were so afraid of not being able to make it. Freedom is terrifying because… you can fail, because things may not work out, because there are no guarantees.
Slavery is very secure. Everyone is cared for, all the needs are provided, there is equality (roughly) and no one has to fear; that is they don’t have to fear anyone but the slave master.
It is interesting that the same leftists who hated the security of social systems and protested against them (giving us no-fault divorce, abortion on demand, “free love”, sexual liberation, etc.) because of their restrictions on “freedom” now want the restrictions of state imposed slavery and trade off their freedom for it.
Freedom is something I am passionate about as should be pretty apparent from the title of the site! So, I can’t help but to expand on this comment.
I ask my children when they fall down or mess up, “What do you do when you fall down?” There answer is and should always be “I get back up.” I train them to think in that manner. My two year old knows it by heart. She falls down and before I even ask her she says, “I get back up.” And she hopes up seldom with even a tear.
This should be ingrained in the mind of every human being. As long as you get back up failure doesn’t exist. Only when an individual decides in their mind they can’t get back up do they become a failure. Failure is a lie. It is a state of mind not of reality. It is self-imposed. We are all invincible to the extent in which we truly believe ourselves to be. Even unto death failure is a lie. Shot me in the head until I am dead and I do not believe that I would have failed at anything because only then the best is yet to come. People that fear failure need God. As Jesus said,
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Fear of failure is a lie of the devil meant to restrict and mislead man. Freedom! Now that is something given by a higher power. The freedom of life and liberty endowed by our Creator. Alas though, man is fallen. We bury our “talents” in the ground. Man must give away his freedom for slavery. It is in his nature and true freedom as always is purchased with blood. And it must be so until the end of history, as Tolstoy wrote in War and Peace even, “A king is slave to history.”
We will give it away because of our fallen nature. Because we ignore the man from the underground. Because we buy into the lie. Because of cowardice and vice. Because of a thousand other reasons.
However, man may sell us all into slavery but let me tell you something that I believe. I will not fail! My family and I will remain free even unto death because I do not believe in failure and I love freedom even though blood may be spilled out on the ground. Freedom is a worthy goal and failure is a lie!