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Ed. Note: Fearmorphosis book by Desh Subba 2023 reviewed here below, was first posted in The Existentialist Cafe group on Facebook. On that post David Grahame Armes commented. His comment cannot be shared with readers. For the convenience of them,with the permission of commenters, published. -DS] 


Desh Subba, isn't this article saying fear of everything crashing down is fundamental in metamorphosis within people, economies and societies which has delivered every advance known to Humanity? I do not dispute that fear can be a huge motivation for most people, but this can go too far reaching a point where people no longer fear even death because they've had it up to here with fear, and of course many people find this extremely difficult to understand and frightening because such people appear out of control still living but with a totally different motivation. This is basically true. Nevertheless, it is people in this state of mind who have actually delivered the great advances in Humans and Society.

Without fearless Universalists like Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Gandhi, MLK, and Baron RAF Battle of Britain Air Marshall Lord Sir Hugh Tremenheere Dowding (who had a laugh claiming he never got the true recognition he deserved after WW2 whilst turning his attention to working with Walt Disney in the Fairy Investigation Society), there would likely be nothing to raise the endeavor of people from the barbarity of constant warfare of some sort or another.

World Religion was created and maintained by these people, and without tolerant liberal Religion as the first and arguably best form of Politics because it acts to unify despite what openly sectional politicians who brought it down say today, there really would be no universities, libraries, science, schools, industrial revolution, philosophy, politics, and comfort. Even an isolated Amazon tribe motivates its members through something greater than the struggle to keep alive, probably because that would be far too depressing and they'd all give up and die out. Even today in the seemingly secular West we still idolise Love and falling in Love as the highest motivation we could hope for even though being in Love confronts everyone with our collective desire to be Functioning Mad rather than still Mad but not Functioning so well. If the Sisyphus metaphor is correct here we have to madly embrace not being afraid in order to keep getting motivated to keep pushing the huge rock up the hill.

I guess I don't totally agree with the Fearmorphosis thesis, because in a Western mindset at least we desire to be fearlessly Mad and Free in order to get anything done.

In this respect we have been extremely successful so far, even if the Planet teeters on the edge of total destruction regularly these days. What Westerners say is Liberal Democracies that idolise Love and Freedom rarely if ever go to War with each other, so we are frantically trying to help everyone be as Mad as we are before the whole thing goes belly up!

The real huge gaping academic gap in the market for ideas, is a more comprehensive examination and appreciation of what Madness actually is and how it can metamorphosis into different things that we decide are not Madness whether for Good, Reason, or Utter Evil? We simply are not looking at the main drivers of real Progress in every way. Not whilst we're basically using pseudoscience to control it whenever it appears problematic regardless of whether this is true or not?
The element in the Fearmorphosis thesis covering different forms of scapegoating is relevant to how we treat pseudoscience mental health patients.
In my own case, there appears zero interest in whether the original reasons for scapegoating me had or have any basis in reality, as well as a grim determination to carry on scapegoating me regardless. The fact that only something like God Almighty can probably deliver me from this fate, and in fact is something I claim to know something about, only seems to motivate the scapegoating further and in and of itself the combination of the two is driving Political and Psychiatric change yet again!
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Zaker Hussain
The article provides a critique of Dan Brown's novel "Origin" from the perspective of Fearism, a philosophical framework developed by Nepali thinker and writer Desh Subba. The article examines the novel's themes, characters, and the interplay between religion and science, offering an alternative perspective rooted in Fearism. Let's critically analyze the article:
Overview of the Novel: The article offers a concise summary of the novel "Origin," describing the main character, Edmond Kirsch, and the central conflict between religion and science. This provides readers with an understanding of the book's premise and its relevance to the critique.
Fearism Introduction: The article introduces Fearism as a philosophical concept developed by Desh Subba, which places fear as a primary driver of human behavior and society. This background sets the stage for the subsequent analysis.
Character Analysis: The article highlights that all characters in the novel are portrayed as fearful, with specific reference to Edmond Kirsch's reading of atheist authors Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. The fear-driven behavior of characters in the novel is an interesting point, but the article does not delve deeper into how fear influences their actions and decisions.
Religion vs. Science: The article asserts that the novel is a victory of science over religion, breaking the notion of God as a creator. It suggests that this perspective aligns with Fearism, but it doesn't provide an in-depth exploration of how the novel addresses this conflict. The relationship between science, religion, and fear could be explored more thoroughly.
Cultural and Philosophical References: The article references various philosophers and philosophical concepts, such as Friedrich Nietzsche and Albert Camus. While these references are interesting, the article could benefit from a more detailed examination of how these philosophies connect to the novel's themes and the Fearism framework.
Narrative Structure: The article discusses the novel's narrative structure, mentioning elements like mystery, conspiracy, and conflict. However, it doesn't delve deeply into the storytelling techniques used by Dan Brown to create suspense or how these elements relate to the theme of fear.
Cultural and Geographical Context: The article suggests that the novel's setting in Spain is suitable due to its Catholic and culturally unique background. It briefly touches on how different cultures shape individuals' perspectives, but a more comprehensive exploration of this aspect could add depth to the analysis.
Fearism and Creationism: The article claims that Fearism can be applied to understanding the novel's critique of creationism. While this connection is intriguing, it would be more informative if it explained how Fearism offers a unique perspective on this topic and how it differs from other philosophical approaches.
Writing Style: The article's writing style is generally clear and straightforward, but it could benefit from more detailed analysis, critical engagement with the novel's themes, and a more structured presentation of ideas.
Clarity of Argument: The article presents intriguing ideas but could be more coherent and organized in its argumentation. It often jumps between topics without fully developing each point.
In conclusion, the article offers a unique perspective on Dan Brown's novel "Origin" by applying the philosophy of Fearism. However, it could benefit from a more in-depth analysis of how the novel's themes and characters relate to fear, as well as a more structured and organized presentation of its arguments. Additionally, more comprehensive explanations of the philosophical concepts mentioned would make the analysis more informative and engaging.
Zaker Hussain
Senior Lecturer philosophy 
School education department Jammu and kashmir 
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