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I must say a word about fear It is lifes only true opponent Only fear can defeat life It is a clever treacherous how well I know It has no decency respects no law or convention shows no mercy It goes for your weakest spot which it finds with unerring ease It begins in your mind always One moment you are feeling calm self-possessed happy Then fear disguised in the grab of mild-mannered doubt slips into your mind like a spy Doubt meets disbelief and disbelief tries to push it out But disbelief is a poorly armed foot soldier Doubt does away with it with little trouble You become anxious Reason comes to do battle for you You are reassured Reason is fully equipped with the latest weapons technology But to your amazement despite superior tactics and a number of undeniable victories reason is laid low You feel yourself weakening wavering Your anxiety becomes dread Fear next turns fully to your body which is already aware that something terribly wrong is going on Already your lungs have flown away like a bird and your guts have slithered away like a snake Now your tongue drops dead like an opossum while your jaw begins to gallop on the spot Your ears go deaf Your muscles begin to shiver as if they had malaria and your knees to shake as though they were dancing Your heart strains too hard while your sphincter relaxes too much And so with the rest of your body Every part of you in the manner most suited to it falls apart Only your eyes work well They always pay proper attention to fear Quickly you make rash decisions You dismiss your last allies hope and trust There youve defeated yourself Fear which is but an impression has triumphed over you The matter is difficult to put into words For fear real fear such as shakes you to your foundation
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