Since Theosophy purports to be the wisdom that underlies life itself it must be able to address all of life’s challenges and difficulties whether large or small. This section of the web site collates the collective wisdom of humanity into a group of practical themes. Passages from the founders of the Theosophical Movement and from literature and history are all combined together to provide some light on the issues at hand.
This week we highlight our section On Courage with a quote from Wilfred A. Peterson.
Fear is a wild horse that needs a tight rein, for it is both friend and foe, both good and evil, and to live effectively a man must learn to master it….
By flooding the dark corners of fear and superstition with the bright light of reason and knowledge, thus mapping the unknown, overcoming fancy with fact, dispersing hobgoblins of the imagination and revealing the truth that sets men free.
By accepting the fact that old age and death are natural and inevitable, that to fear them is futile, and that they can be faced with calm and quiet mind by ignoring them and gallantly living a day at a time.
By willingly taking the risk of enriching adventures tinged with danger, knowing that the sheltered and protected life misses much and that as the Bard of Avon expressed it: “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.”
By facing fear boldly and practicing the precept of Emerson: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”
By discovering the mightest law of all is this: “Perfect love casts out fear.”
See also our forum discussion on Courage: