I write against fear. Against the wind with claws that lodges in my breath. ~Alejandra Pizarnik
It is possible to have two very different responses to fear. To shun or embrace, to avoid or explore, to hide or expose.
Shunning, avoiding, hiding means to never know what’s on the other side. It is to remain ignorant. In the worst case, we get ‘ism’ behaviors – racism, sexism, etc. – where people encounter the unknown and choose to dehumanize –> vilify –> attack –> destroy.
Society recognizes the despicableness of such acts by instituting hate crime laws. I view all violent crimes against humanity abhorrent so don’t believe the designation hate crime makes sense.
The other choice, the other extreme for dealing with fear is to walk toward it and embrace it. To befriend it. If not make it a friend, at least, an acquaintance.
This is healthy fear management, one that douses the flames of division instead of fanning them. This is how healthy society becomes more compassionate. This is how healthy society becomes more loving. This is how healthy society thrives in a chaotic world.