August 2020 Calendar: -In order to overcome fear, the first thing to think of is that most of the things that men are afraid of do not happen. The success and stability of that unique association—Lloyd’s—is the best proof of this. For more than two centuries men have been running to Lloyd’s with their dangers. The brokers of Lloyd’s, at low rates, take over these dangers. They insure people against risks. If the losses that people fear usually happened, there could be no Lloyd’s. The premiums would be prohibitive. But Lloyd’s goes steadily on its way, through good and bad years alike. It is one of the most solid and permanent financial institutions in Great Britain. Fear was overcome by hundreds of thousands of our soldiers in the Great War. They conquered fear and saved themselves from shell-shock by an effort of will-power, and a fixed determination to remain stoical in the midst of ghastly dangers. They took control of themselves. Ever since that effort of self-mastery, they have been higher-grade men. They stood the test. They gained self-respect that cannot be shaken. None of them today has a jungle-brain. They acquired a fortitude that has stood them in good stead ever since the War.
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Fear can be overcome by anyone who takes a large, clear view of human life and this universe. When we learn to appreciate the great gift of life, we are less impressed by its dangers. We come to accept dangers as a matter of course. While there is life, there is hope. There is no irresistible danger except death, and it cannot help us to worry about what eventually happens to everyone. For thirty years I have had over my desk at home a great picture that I have found very helpful. It is a Westheimer picture. It shows two lions and their cubs at the doorway of a ruined temple, in a city that was destroyed and forsaken. All human life in that city has come to an end and the lions have come back.
So, whenever I am weakened by worries or fears, I look at that picture and think: “Things are not so bad. My city has not been destroyed. The fascinating drama of human life is still going on. I am alive. I am in the midst of living people. The lions have not come back.” And, the things that were troubling me to seem at once to be very small and insignificant. This chapter carries still further the thought that was expressed in the sixth chapter. We must get rid of fear. Also, there are many other feelings and desires that we must either get rid of or bring under control. We might call them the feelings and desires of the back-brain. The front-brain, as you can see, is new. The creative powers of man are new. This is the brain that we mean when. we talk about brain-making. It is very evident that this front-brain is not finished, in the sense that our hands and feet are finished. It is barely begun. There is only a small percentage of the members of the human race who have well- developed, dominant front-brains. The vast majority of the people now in the world may fairly be classified as back-brain people.
This struggle is still going on. This is to-day of all facts the most important. Before our eyes, civilizations are being destroyed. The Back-Brain people have destroyed the half-way civilization of Russia. They are at the moment dominant in a score of countries, even in Germany and the United States. It is no easy matter to-day to preserve a civilization where there is a dictator or where political power has passed into the hands of back-brain majorities.
To follow out this subject is beyond the scope of this book. I have dealt with it in my book: How to Restore Self-Government and Prosperity. The point that we are concerned with here is this—just as there is a worldwide struggle between the front-brain people and the back-brain people, so is there a struggle, more or less in the brain of every individual.