As a cycle tripper, people often ask me, “Aren’t you afraid of trucks or robbers or snakes or whatever?” Lions and tigers and bears, essentially — mythical fears.
The question often surprises me because I think my greatest fear is enslavement by fear.
This dawned on me this morning as i was commuting from the lake where i’ve set up camp, to Kerang where i come to work.
I remembered the question and thought, Sure i’m a little bit afraid of those things — i have a natural and healthy wariness of them. But i cycle because i value freedom, i camp because i cherish nature as a cathedral, and i trust people because i’m a philanthrope — i love humanity.
The alternative, which i experienced for a decade in publishing and i guess the twenty years before that, is no longer tenable to me.
The alternative to freedom is the enslavement of fear.
No thanks! I’ll try my luck with the lions and tigers and bears.