Fear cannot be conquered by fear; it must be conquered by love. An old episode of “Star Trek Voyager” shows how.
The Voyager crew found a number of people on a planet imprisoned in stasis, who had failed to wake up four years earlier as originally scheduled. The crew finds out that the minds of the people in hibernation were kept active inside a virtual reality run by a computer. Something had gone horribly wrong: instead of providing a pleasant holographic environment for the people in stasis, the computer generated a circus filled with characters that tortured them with fears generated by their own imaginations.
Their minds were kept eternally awake in a virtual world dominated by a clown character named Fear. The people in stasis had not woken up on schedule, and in fact, two of the five had died of massive heart attacks brought on by the extreme stress generated by the circus of fear.
To rescue her people and the aliens caught within this world, Captain Kathryn Janeway projects a hologram of herself as a substitute hostage. Fear doesn’t know that Janeway is a hologram, and therefore not subject to the environment or the characters in the virtual circus of fear. He is relishing the prospect of torturing someone of Janeway’s caliber and is willing to give up all the others in exchange for her. He is highly entertained by the idea of someone “choosing” to be with him. But when Fear finds out that Janeway is just a projection like him, he begins to become afraid, knowing that he cannot exist without a mind to live within.
Janeway tells him that she knows his secret desire: she knows that Fear wants to be conquered.
Fear needs to surrender to Love. But because Fear, knowing only hatred, battle, war, and separation, cannot understand the higher concept of surrender, it has to be “conquered” — as if it is in a battle — by Love.
Fear exists to be defeated; the entire purpose of its existence is to experience love through the unimaginable act of surrender. Fear unconsciously desires to be reunited with its polar opposite Love. In doing so, Fear achieves its real goal; surrendering in order that it may become whole.
“I’m afraid,” Fear says just before he dissolves.
Janeway whispers, “I know.”
~ Copyright 2011 Aliyah Marr. First published in parallelmind.wordpress.com
~ Excerpt from The Avatars of Eden
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