Fellow FearLess revolutionaries,
I'm very excited to introduce myself as the new editor of FearLess. In chatting with Alex last week about the future of this blog and how it can be most helpful for our readers, I had something of an ah-ha moment as I looked at the name - Fear Less.
We live in a climate of fear. Some this fear is in response to very real issues – broken institutions, climate change, questionable food safety and environmental degradation remind us every day that the future is uncertain and often scary. Much of this fear is also manufactured - by the media, politicians, government and business leaders who benefit richly from a fearful and disempowered public. But fear, no matter where it comes from, cannot lead to solutions. Fear knows only how to replicate itself.
At FearLess so far, we've done our best to lift up important issues like the Occupy movement, climate change and food safety, but we haven't focused enough on the real antidote to fear - what you, the consumer-citizen, can do to make a difference.
Before we can begin to prosper again, we must learn how to Fear Less.
When we learn not to let fear overcome us, we regain a sense of agency in the world and begin to believe in our own ability to make a difference. We become more empowered and resilient, less cynical and isolated.
So in the spirit of fearing less, you can expect two things from us in the future. Our posts will be more actionable. We will not just talk about problems; we will focus on solutions and steps that you can take to enact positive change both large and small. We will also examine this culture of fear in which we live, seeking to be both informative and empowering, with the focus, again, on how we can build a better future together.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed and frightened by the challenges that lie ahead. It is very hard to set fear aside and work together for a greater good. But this is what must be done if we are to be resilient and prosperous in the 21st century. Because when we learn how to Fear Less, we unleash our own potential to become so much more.
If there's something you'd like to see us write about, please let us know in the comments.
By Robin Cangie