Fear is the key

I was in grade school when I read Alistair MacLean’s book, “Fear is the key”.

I loved the book and later I watched the movie with my father and enjoyed it too, but the title always intrigued me, what did it mean?

Is it fear that holds the secret of us being careful in life, or is it the reason we do certain things because we fear failure?

Fear for our safety is a pressure valve that makes us careful about not putting ourselves in danger but it is also the reason that we don’t step out of our comfort zone and take risks that can at times help us go ahead in life.

There are many quotes about fear, like we have nothing to fear but fear itself, fear is the mother of foresight, and have no fear of perfection, you’ll never achieve it!

My favorite interpretation of this quote is that the fear of God keeps us on the straight path.


Written in response to Six Sentences Story- Key, hosted by Girlie on the edge’s blog-Denise



58 thoughts on “Fear is the key

        1. Touche!
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  1. When to fear and when not to fear is the question Sadje.

    Love this:💖💖
    “There are many quotes about fear, like we have nothing to fear but fear itself, fear is the mother of foresight, and have no fear of perfection, you’ll never achieve it!

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  2. Just recently found this quote on fear… “What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti I think we have to just accept fear for what it is and not always be so gung ho to avoid it.

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  3. Captivating and beautiful post, Sadje. In my own personal spiritualism, I found that it is the ‘love’ for the Great Creator that keeps me on a straight path. I always take up issue with those who use the evangelism of fear when the one of love is what truly spreads the good news. It’s just that using fear justified so many religious atrocities.

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    1. Not if the fear is of making our Creator dislike our actions. Just like we fear to hurt our loved ones. I agree that God loved us and we should follow His instructions out of love. Thanks

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  4. Your fourth paragraph says it. A certain amount of fear or at certain times, is necessary to survival. But too much thwarts survival. Fear is unhealthy and impacts learning, decision making- growth. Respect and love are key to health and happiness. But really, that’s cool how you remember that book and title and gave us this Six!

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  5. My favourite quote about fear is from ‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert: “…Fear is the mind-killer.” Having said that, after today’s fiasco with being ‘blocked’ from WP, really shook me up. Thanks again for linking me up earlier, Sadje!

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  6. Thought provoking Six, the best kind of story.
    Such a thing, fear. (Funny, the occasional synchronicity here in Sixopolis fear figures in my 1st Six.)
    Of the sayings, (about fear) I like, ‘Fear is the only enemy’
    Good Six!

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