I'm not confusing anything. Perhaps you may be confused. I was referring to a "healthy fear" of death. The awareness of ones mortality. I also feel that as mature riders it is wise NOT to be fearless either. Any rider with a measure of maturity and enough road experience will admit that they are not fearless "without fear". Mature riders will admit that every time they hop on their bike they know the unforeseen can happen. We all shd have a little bit of fear, and the awareness that we are not invincible whenever we ride our bikes. This prevents us from becoming cocky or overconfident.That's true, but I think you're confusing fearlessness with recklessness. There's a huge difference between the two. You can be fearless without putting others in danger. Recklessness is just that. Reckless without any regard to anything around you.
You can be as confident as the sky is blue. But if you freeze or panic because you're afraid of death after a car just popped up out of no where. It won't end well for you.
If a rider freezes or panics, my conclusion wld not be because of a fear of death. I conclude the rider is undertrained, has no MSF courses that taught a solid skill set readying the rider for possible emergencies.