Dealing with fear

One is afraid of public opinion, afraid of not achieving, not
fulfilling, afraid of not having the opportunity; and through it all
there is this extraordinary sense of guilt—one has done a thing that one
should not have done; the sense of guilt in the very act of doing; one
is healthy and others are poor and unhealthy; one has food and others
have no food. The more the mind is inquiring, penetrating, asking, the
greater the sense of guilt, anxiety… Fear is the urge that seeks a
Master, a guru; fear is this coating of respectability, which every one
loves so dearly—to be respectable. Do you determine to be courageous to
face events in life, or merely rationalize fear away, or find
explanations that will give satisfaction to the mind that is caught in
fear? How do you deal with it? Turn on the radio, read a book, go to a
temple, cling to some form of dogma, belief?

Fear is the destructive energy in man. It withers the mind, it
distorts thought, it leads to all kinds of extraordinarily clever and
subtle theories, absurd superstitions, dogmas and beliefs. If you see
that fear is destructive, then how do you proceed to wipe the mind
clean? You say that by probing into the cause of fear you would be free
of fear. Is that so? Trying to uncover the cause and knowing the cause
of fear does not eliminate fear.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life