FEAR PREVENTS OUR FORWARD MOVEMENT: A TESTIMONY ON FEAR FROM AN “OLD BLACK SOUL.”

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Good day. Today is even more unique than our usual self. If this is your first time joining us, you are in for a can’t miss. If you’re a faithful follower, we will grow our sense of diversity writing. This is a true life testimony from a man I am sure must be dead. I didn’t even know his real name (government). I wrote every word he said, however. I was so intrigued that someone was talking about the taboo subject of “Fear In A Man.” Yet, first I will expound on the very real enemy of man and closer that which I am “A Black Man”. Fear is more damaging than the American justice system, more detrimental than the forged prejudice of an old white Southerner, more stinging than the elite one percent power hold over entire races. It’s “fear” and it projects to every race. It takes no bribes. It cares not about your social status, family wealth, gender or even outward beauty. Fear grips the soul of human life.

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Not the fears of a child to the authority of adults. Not the fear of “fight or flight.” On the many pathways and avenues, fear has developed in human life, but the core of fear is the fear of wanting more, but hesitating to grab for it. There is fear of the unknown and the shame of it. Emotional fear that paralysizes the heart from your self. There is also fear of finding a role model and father/mother for your child. The fear I speak of prevents you from being all you can be. This soul killing fear prevents you from aiming at and reaching your fullest. Racial ingrained fear hoovers over the lives and history of both bkack and white Americans. For blacks, it’s that inherent fear of Doctors, large bodies of water (swimming), dogs (slave dogs were savage) and courtrooms! For whites, inherent fear comes by way of young black males, minority women, living broke and other religions. These fears plague races. Not every single soul, but a mass of one’s race is conditioned with inherent fear. The fears of the “poor” are establishments like the unknown of the Stock exchange, Fortune 500 businesses, the Government, home ownership and things that change one’s tax bracket like information on College grants. These are the fears that prevent “us” from being the fullest we can be. There are many sayings that bring these fears into focus like “There is nothing to fear, but fear itself.” The most impactful is “The only real failure is the fear of trying.” These fears are ingrained in our souls, family structures and even in entire communities. This fear kills dreams, aspirations and goals. That’s the fear I am writing about today.

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The uniqueness of today’s post is my written account from a man I knew. He held my attention as he talked about fear as if it was a bully from the other side of town. Like if he could overcome “fear itself” his life would be limitless. I present to you the gripping testimony on “fear” from Mr.”Old Black Soul.”

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WORDS FROM A MAN WHO DIDN’T LET SHAME STOP HIS SHINE!

Fear prevents our forward movement as a nation! It is not the absence of bravery nor is bravery the absence of fear. Over coming my fear, to me, is the ability to act while fear is present. I shall master my fear just as I’ve masted my anger, as I continue to master my life. For me, fear is the largest hurdle in my personal battle within myself. It will remain constricting for as long as I refuse to acknowledge its existence in my life. Fear of failure manifests itself within me by not attempting goals or having a negative attitude towards any attempt. Fear of success manifests itself in me by being stuck in this miserable station in life and not believing I deserve better because of my perception of life in my environment. Fear of intimacy manifests its self into a self-destructive projection, no matter how healthy a relationship is for me. Fear of conflict remands me to a less than honorable feeling within myself. A less than respectful view by my peers, but more importantly in the eyes of God.

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PRISONS EXIST IN OURSELVES AS BOLDLY AS THE STONE STRUCTURES IN AMERICA

Fear has confined me more than any other factor in my life and more than any race oppressor. More than any prison or any destitute environment. Today I throw off the shackles of my own barricade. Not only to suppress my fears, but to crush them. I will use the energy from fear to push me beyond its debilitating vice it has had in my life. I will harness its magnanimous power over humanity to re-channel it into positive progression in goal attainment.

Fear is now a new tool in my repertoire and as a man, I shall use my tool to carve my life. I use fear, it does not use me. whom shall I fear? What shall I fear? None but God Almighty!”

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TO MY THUGS AND TRAP QUEENS, FEAR LIVES IN THE HOOD. FIGHT THE STOPPING POWER OF FEAR!

I’m the “The Old Black Soul”. Listen young man and listen well. Time is the cousin of fear and lazy nigga’s can’t get that back.

I salute the man I came to know quickly with help or a word for the younger black men around us. May his words reach you as the “Old Black Soul” lives on.

Kjs
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