The Fear Of The Unknown Is Mythical

The Fear Of The Unknown Is Mythical

The fear of the unknown comes from the unwillingness of leaving our comfort zone and being limited.

People fear the unknown because they do not have any experience and are afraid to do new things which they wonder about what can possibly happen. I also believe, alongside with Socrates, that fear of the unknown is a type of ignorance because it causes us to remain clueless about what we are avoiding.

People also fear the unknown because they fear the ability to learn something new by believing everything has not been experienced is not safe and should not be done. We seem to not know that everything was not meant to be learned at once and that learning is an unlimited process. In the Allegory of the Cave, the situation of the prisoners represents the human life in general. The cave represents the opinions, while the outside of the cave represents the knowledge or ideas, and the prisoners are the philosophers. The outside of the cave is better than the inside because it is based on experience not perception. As for the prisoners, they only know what they have experienced inside the cave, so basically all they know include what is around them and nothing else exists to them; so if another prisoner comes to tell them about the outside world which he or she experiences; they would not believe it. Therefore, fear could also describe as an absent of experience or knowledge.

We should not practice what is not a thing. Also think about not having experience of how the sun looks like and one day someone makes you see the sun or even describe it. You would definitely be angry, for you think they are doing you wrong by showing or telling something unpleasant. Fearing the unknown is avoiding to know more than we already know. As an example, when someone does not want to learn something new, they bring out excuses such as I know it and nod at every details just to get over it. Now, if you were to ask for a decent example you would definitely hear “I understand it, but I just do not know how to explain it properly.” I have learned from Albert Einstein, if you are unable to explain, then you are definitely clueless about it.

How many times do we try to avoid something because we fear it as it was the worst thing that ever exists. In agreement with Socrates, I believe death is an unknown since we have not experienced it. We all learn if we die we either go to heaven or hell, so we are afraid to even experience it because we are clueless about where exactly we will go. How do we really know hell is bad? How do we know it belongs to the devil if we have not experienced it, for knowledge comes from experience? Perhaps, we may want to go to heaven, and yet we are still afraid to die. Fearing death is considering ignorant because we also give it a description without any experience. (Apology 29a). Death is just a transition of the soul from a place to another. It is not disappearing or an award to the wrongdoers as we mostly believe.

How many times do we try to avoid something because we fear it, yet we cannot give a decent reason that fear? Taking example of darkness, most of us fear darkness because we cannot clearly see through it. In my opinion, we fear darkness because it is the absent of light which is known as the positive aspect, but not because we know what darkness is in a definition itself. Just like we fear death because we think living is all that matters, so death should be avoided. Therefore, I do not think we fear the unknown, instead we fear the idea of getting to know the difference that exists between them.

Most importantly, the fear of the unknown comes from the unwillingness of leaving our comfort zone and being limited. We fear to believe because we only feel comfortable winning, while failure contains a lot of lesson or experience that could lead us to a better path and since we fear it, we end up doing the limited thing that we already know our whole lives.

Others believe fear of the unknown is not ignorant instead, it is a part of our genes or psychological aspect. Additionally, fear starts from being a baby which is consider to be a normal brain function. As a baby, everyone is afraid of what we call strangers. For example, if a stranger is trying to catch a baby attention, he or she will run to his or her relative. We tend to believe that safety only comes from those we know not only we expect to know everything and to have everything clear, but also we believe it’s not proper so we end up avoiding it. Then again, Socrates believes avoiding something which you do not know can stop us from experiencing new life. We cannot define the unknown if we only know the known, for definition is more accurate with experience. He stated he should not fear the penalty Meletus assessed against him since he does not know whether it is bad or good.

Growing up as a Haitian child, my parents thought me a lot of things which I needed to avoid. For years over years I did not realize they were not dangerous, but instead they were afraid to let me figure it out as a child. My parents thought me that dreams have meaning and help avoid dangers. For example, if one of my parents had a dream which they consider a bad dream, I am completely forbidden to leave the house. In my opinion, I believe all of those norms and customs are due to fear of the unknown. Just because they do not know either the reality behind a dream or what is really going to happen, so they make me stay home. Although this may be true, how do they know the meaning of it? What makes it true? knowing that no one truly knows the interpretation of dreams. They also taught me to not walk alone in darkness, for the wrongdoers stay in the dark; for this reason, I was scared to even walk from one room to another if it is dark.

Courage is coming across fear. Philosophy requires to know something before being able to define it, with that being said, we should know the unknown in other to consider it bad. Thus, if we want to know the classification of an unknown, we definitely need to get rid of the fear and come across the reality of it which is known as courage. In Apology, Socrates asked question about fearing the unknown in which he is referring to having the courage to experience death before he could actually have fear, for he does “not know whether it is good or bad”. (37c) The lack of courage cause us to be ignorant because we do not have the courage to withstand the unknown; we remain in our cave and refuse to learn from others about the outside world. He also stated wherever we take a position that has been placed by our master, or we believe to be the best, then we must have the courage to face the fear without thinking of death or any other unknown, other than dishonor.

To conclude, Philosophy requires courage because being courageous is also being fearless. Knowing that we should not fear the unknown, we must have the courage to experience the unknown and learn what makes it unique. It is not until the experience; we shall know whether the unknown is good or bad, hence the prisoners should not consider the cave good until they have also experienced the outside of the cave.


  • Plato. (2016). Apology. In Plato - five dialogues: Euthyphro, apology, crito, meno, phaedo. New York, NY: LG Classics.
  • Plato, & Jowett, B. (1922). Book VII. In The Republic of Plato (3rd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 193-197). Oxford: Clarendon Press.
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If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right

In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" ""

31. "Sleep? I don't know about's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"

35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?

39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"

I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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Do not fear the subtitle, embrace it

Why you shouldn't let a fear of "reading" while watching stop you from amazing shows or films...why you should embrace the subtitle.


I am a lover of all movies, encompassing drama, comedy, romance, action, adventure, etcetera, etcetera. Whether films have subtitles is of no consequence to me now, but it wasn't always like that. In my younger and more vulnerable years, I heavily feared and avoided the dreaded subtitles, pesky words that meant reading when all I wanted to do was mindlessly absorb whatever moving image was on the screen of choice in front of me. I consciously stayed away from foreign films where I would have to put subtitles on and read actual words instead of just being able to listen and absorb whatever the characters were saying. I would love to say that my eluding of foreign films went away with age and was replaced with an eclectic taste for all films subtitled with languages alien to my American ears. Alas, that would not be the truth.

In actuality, my venture into the world of foreign films was forced upon me by high school level French classes where the teachers thought all of us 15 year-olds would suddenly become half fluent in a language we spoke 40 minutes a day if we watched a movie in said language. Sadly, I did not become fluent in French thanks to those high school classes; they did, however, lay the groundwork for a foundation of appreciation for foreign films. And they erased my fear and avoidance of all movies subtitled, instead, the forced high school French films of my mid-teen years created an appreciation for subtitles.

Instead of avoiding movies where I had to read the dialogue at all costs I, cautiously at first, started watching movies where the language was not of my tongue. I started with French films considering I was taking the language, and have been for five years but somehow still do not know it very well, and was pleasantly surprised with how well I actually liked reading the subtitles. I know it sounds crazy, but I really did like it and I will tell you why. First, it immensely helps when the movie you are watching with subtitles is one that you actually picked out yourself with a plot that intrigues you. I think in high school when kids are forced to watch movies in a foreign language class they think it's the subtitles they hate when in actuality it is just the extremely boring or underwhelming plot of whatever "school appropriate" and approved movie the teacher lazily clicks play on. It is so much easier to lose yourself in the feelings of a film when you are the one who picks it, subtitles or no subtitles, and that's a fact.

Second, people's main problem with subtitles is that they have to "read" when all they want to do is mindlessly melt into the couch while numbly consuming the movie in front of them. Well, that is just not possible with subtitles...but, that's a good thing. For one, you literally can't go on your phone because then you will miss whatever is happening on screen due to the face that you actually have to be engaged to keep up with what is going on. And two, a certain feeling of achievement washes over you after finishing a film with subtitles (as silly as that sounds). For one, you feel that you not only just watched a movie but you were also reading at the same time. Ergo, that feeling of having actually read something replaces the feeling of guilt at having not left your house all day to watch television instead. Therefore, making watching a movie with subtitles a very "intellectual" activity.

Also, many people do not take into account the amount of American or English films that subtly use subtitles in the film. Most famously Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" which switches from French to German to English and back again (I would say Italian but I do not think Brad Pitt's southern accent twanged "Buongiorno" counts). In cases such as those, yes you are watching a movie primarily in English but isn't there something unnameable and special when those scenes in an international tongue come on. Maybe you realize it and maybe you don't but I bet you're hanging on the edge of your seat just a little bit more or paying attention just a little bit harder because the characters on screen are speaking in a way your brain cannot translate so your eyes have to do it for you.

So, the next time you are scrolling through Netflix or Amazon Prime or any form of movie streaming services you prefer do not knock films with subtitles out of the waters right away. Take a minute, maybe two or even three, to see if there are any foreign movies that tickle your fancy whether they be dramas, comedies, romance, or anything else. Engage with movies and characters that may seem far removed from your life because they speak a language different than your own, but really they are just like you. Or maybe they're not, and that's why you love them. But, you will never know if you never try and read while you watch. Do not fear the subtitle, embrace it.

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