Oxford defines Fear as an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. The likelihood of something unwelcome happening.
How about this, A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread. The Webster so defines.
Alright, the topic should not be a superlative degree. There are lots I know.
Anglophobia, Aichmophobia, Androphobia / Arrhenophobia, Anuptaphobia, Ataxophobia, Bathophobia, Bibliophobia, Bufonophobia, Cacophobia, Claustrophobia, Cleithrophobia, Daemonophobia, Didaskaleinophobia, Enochlophobia, Heterophobia, Homophobia, Laliophobia, Logizomechanophobia, Melophobia, Monophobia, Myctophobia, Obesophobia, Pedophobia, Pentheraphobia, Phronemophobia, Sociophobia, Taphephobia, Zeusophobia , Zoophobia . . .
There you go. I have named some Phobias.
Quite recently, I was filling up a quiz in Facebook (I am a Fan now) about My Greatest fears. It turn out that I fear to go Mad, insane, crazy. Isn’t it true? Waking up one morning to find you do not have control over your mind. You are infested with the demons that rule your insanity. Gosh! How unfortunate.
You fear that you are drowning in a lake, with each breathe you struggle for your life as it fills your lungs with water. You fear that you fall off a cliff to an unending fathomage. You fear that you will be tormented by the Hosts of darkling. You fear that you will be electrocuted till you are no more. You fear you will be suffocated to death. You fear this, you fear that. Fear, Fear, Fear.
Each individual is tormented with one fear or the other. You would not dare tell the other of what you fear, lest you sabotage your defense by declaring your weakness.
The great men fear of downfall, the little men fear of not rising up, the middle strata people fear of being crushed in the middle. These days, the women fear of getting out of houses, the men fears of not finding enough to feed his kith and kin on. The children fear of mediocre-performance, the parents fear of their future. The lovers fear of being separated, the parents fear of social status.
The Governments fear of performance and peoples’ mandate. The politicians fear of being voted out, the citizen fear of neglect and tyranny. Countries fear of being subjugated, Human race fear of being wiped out due to climatic changes. Employers fear of meeting expenditure budget, the employees fear of the pink slip.
Human beings are full of fear.
Some find resort in religion, some in yoga and spirituality, some in war and intimidation. Some find peace in hermitry and sagehood. But how far are we successful in deceiving ourselves. Fear is what fear is.