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back to original idea of 'fear of death' ie, dying,
as motivation for enhanced safety or whatever..
fear is fear.. which has certain predictable physical
and neuro-chemical effects/results which, kill skill..
someone in the grip of fear, just walking along,
is likely to trip over, walk into something,
in front of a car, etc..
their fear could be based on anything..
their heart rate, breathe rate, metabolism
pupil dilation, coordinated muscle movements,
[etc] will be negatively effected by fear..
they could be in fear of aliens, the devil getting them,
or any manner of fear generated thru their life
and living of it.. its still, fear..
there will be distraction and ineffeciency
in basically everything..
to promote fear as some sort of solution
in promotion of rider safety, shows ignorance
of what fear is, and what fear actually does..
rather than enabling, fear is crippling..
as a traditional martial artist i know that fear
is one important element in self defense..
ie, it is important to not, fall into fear
when in danger or being attacked..
a well trained martial artist [compare motorcyclist]
while obviously well aware of the dangers of
that blade or baseball bat or whatever,,
does not give in to fear based responses,
rather, lives the reality, according to her
level of training and preparation
for the real thing, should it happen..
ltr used the example of emergency service responses
including as based on serious training and preparation
which would also include full awareness of reality,
yet without becoming incapable due to opening
the mind to fear..
intellectual understanding of risk, is not fear..
it is intellectual understanding of risk..
training for emergency responses, is not fear..
it is training for predictable realities..
heightened awareness, due to training etc,
and as may be experienced in a near miss
or suchlike, is not fear, and does not need
fear to be a natural part of riding [or whatever]..
in the microseconds of a real emergency response
there is no time for fear to play a part,
other then to reduce reaction time if
fear is present before the fact..
rational understanding and awareness are good,
training - including ongoing personal practice -
is very good.. it is the foundation for/or
ongoing skills development thus
anyone subject to fear is best advised
to take whatever steps are necessary
to unshackle themselves from fear..
which while another subject,
is the only real option...