3 Turning Away from Fear
Fear is the cheapest room in the house.I would like to see you living in better conditions.
—KHWAJEH SHAMS AL-DIN MUHAMMAD HAFEZ-E SHIRAZI, FOURTEENTH-CENTURY MYSTIC AND POET
I WANT TO TELL YOU the story of a community, my community, because it was shaped by fear—and for good reason—but found a way to use that fear to help others, experiencing great joy in the process. I hope that this story will give us the strength to challenge our fears in these times, as well as ideas for how to overcome our fear of those we perceive to be the problem.
Living in Fear
I grew up afraid. Not every day. The truth was much deeper than any particular experience or threat. Fear had embedded itself deep in my soul. I breathed fear, and fear ...