From Deborah Howard at Guiding Change: In an earlier post, Deb writes about fear as the root of all evil. "After meditating this morning, I realized that fear itself is not evil. How could it be? It is a natural instinctual response that serves as a survival mechanism. If we do not experience some form of healthy fear, we might jump off mountain edges or not get out of the way of moving vehicles. However, as humans, our brains do not always differentiate between fear caused by a true life-threatening event and fear that results from feeling emotionally vulnerable. This is when fear can become maladaptive. It is this maladaptive fear that is the root of all evil."