Fear is an existential phenomenon with three types of possible lived experience:

(source Heidegger, M Being and Time, p179)

1 Something fearsome can seem to threaten because it is detrimental, can harm you, has something ‘queer’ about it, drawing close, coming constantly closer, still far-off and veiled, could reach you, but may not, may stay away and pass you by.

2 Fearing threatens and matters to you but you may not have ascertained a future evil, or what it is, or its fearsomeness, because it is a state of mind that can be looked at explicitly.

3 Your being is afraid; fearing disclosure that you are endangered and abandoned, proximally affected, bewildered and ‘losing your head’. 

In summary, climate alarm could be a response to some of these concerns. 

1 Fear of threats.

2 Fear of the unknown.

3 Panic

Fear is one of the most basic human emotions. It is programmed into the nervous system and works like an instinct. Responding to fear may not be reasonable. 

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Materially minimalist; gastronomically prefer food I cook; biologically an unattached male survivor; economically independent; sociologically a learner and teacher of science; psychologically selfaltruistic; anthropologically West Country English tenant farmer; religiously variable; ethically case by case; philosophically a sceptical Popperian.

Posted on September 17, 2021, in COVID-19, global warming and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on CLIMATE AND COVID FEARS.

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