Every human person wants to to be on the path of fearlessness. But, is this path possible? In the light of Michael Fisher, who succinctly put, ‘only those who journey fearlessly live their existence in full’. Looking at the encyclopedic meaning of what fear is, one would realize that, it is tagged a negative emotion. However, this “dephilosophizing” was evident in the work of Subba as he affirmed that, “Life is conducted, directed and controlled by the Fear”. Thus, this epigram implies that the ‘end cause’ of fear is determined by the ‘subject of fear’. Hence, in Subbas attempt to look at the treatment of fear, he divided it into; Primary and Secondary Treatment of Fear, which are methodic. On the secondary treatment of fear, in Method A- Changing form, he made a critical statement which needs a very crucial respond. Thus, employing of the logic of fear becomes essential in this critique, for a good “defearing” process.
Fear is a being. As a being it implies that, it is
Anything the IS
Anything that EXIST
Anything that can be KNOWN
Anything that can be THOUGHT OF
Anything that is NOT NOTHING.
Building on this backdrop of fear being a BEING, it presupposes that it is transcendent; it possesses the attribute of BEING. This attributes also encapsulate into the ‘First Principle of Being’ also known as ‘The Laws of Thought’ – Identity, Contradiction/ Non-Contradiction, Excluded Middle, Sufficient Reason, Intelligibility and Finality.
And so, looking at Subbas caption of ‘Changing Form’, a critical minded person would ask from the causal point of view if ‘fear’ actually has ‘form’. The answer is no. This is because; fear does have any shape or size. Another question would be, can mental abstraction, solve the question of whatever IS. IS- the identity principle of the fear factor/object? It could be more or less a presupposed pseudo-defense mechanism approach which can lead to inauthentic existence.
Subbas statement which is with some mind staggering analogies goes thus:
"Suppose we have a serious problem like a dangerous animal, tiger, or anything that produces a dreadful situation. We can’t face it in the same manner. If we think the tiger to be a cat, by means of our mental effort fear itself dies away. It means that a major problem should be taken as a minor one. It is possible as it is the result of the mindset. Suppose somebody owes five hundred thousand Nepalese rupees and is threatened day and night by the person to whom he owes. Although unable to pay off the entire amount at once, if he gets the creditor to agree to him making payment in installment, it is a way of dividing fear into small fragments. If there is fear of death, we can relieve it thinking, ‘Death is nothing. It happens to all’. Someone has the fear of being injected. If he is convinced that everybody gets injected and it does not harm anybody and if he is physically and mentally ready, his fear lessens. Similarly, if a person has never spoken on stage, he feels nervous and has a fear of speaking. His fear fades away when he is mentally ready and says that if everyone can speak he can also easily speak. Thus, if the problem, fear, thing can be directly faced, they can be removed by changing their forms through strong thought and courage".
Looking at this puzzling statement, one would sense the tendency of making one a coward – seeing a tiger and pretending it is a cat, what a self deceit (anyway, try it and know who is a higher animal or who is Imago Dei - created in the image of God). It is pertinent to note that in fear treatment, one needs to understand and accept reality as it is first, which is first and foremost an attempt to live an authentic existence before deciding on what to do. For the very fact that a dangerous animal is involved implies facticity that is, no matter your level of abstraction, it will just use you as a daily bread. Hence, what fits in here is to take a drastic decision, understanding your level of “existential-operation”. This is because, carefulness is not fearfulness and cowardice is not bravery.
On the other hand, I think that “death” is a controlling factor in the universe. This is because it has driven so many things like medical research’s, scientific explorations, philosophical thinking, spiritual reflections, meditations and other things. Fear raises so many existential questions that lead to existential consciousness in the universe – consciousness of the self, the Order, evolution and ethical consciousness.
Any attempt of saying that “death is nothing”, presupposes that “death does not exist”. ‘Nothing’ is different from ‘No-Thing’. And so, ‘fear’ cannot be said to be any of the two because, ‘fear’ is SOMETHING. Hence, we need to understand in the words of Iroegbu Pantaleon that “death is the end of existence, not as something not yet there; something standing out there…it is something that stands before us, something impending”. This is an affirmation to Martin Heideggers statement that, “we are being unto death”. Although death is a source of anxiety and fear we should see it as a positive event that shows that we have completed our being on earth. This is when one conducts and directs one’s life rationally.
Thus, fear of death is a positive alert which calls one for preparation in the universe one finds himself.
 “Dephilosophy” is a concept coined by Desh Subba which for him means deconstruction of some philosophical ideas. Cf, D. Subbas, Philosophy of Fearism, 2014, p.245
 Defearing means the act of fear treatment/ counseling/ rehabilitation etc (Cf. O. A. Kalu article on Defearing the Notion of “Ember” Month, 2017)
 Cf., I. M. Onyeocha definition of BEING, Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Owerri, Unpublished Lecture Note, 17th October 2017. And I think FEAR is a being.
 Cf., O.A. Kalu, Conquering The Beast Fear, CreateSpace Publishers, 2016, p.19-20, (…going back to the time of classical philosopher Aristotle who poignantly asserts in his work ‘’posterior Analytics’’, that the certain knowledge of things is through their cause (certa cognito rerum per causa).This is because he believed that knowledge is one and is universal. For Aristotle, universality of knowledge is dependent on the knowledge of the causes of the thing in question. Thus, according to his view these causes are four in number. In the bid to point out clearly these four causes, Ogbozo writes: ‘’He outlined four causes that must be sought four in any attempt to know something comprehensively and hence universally. Those causes are: the material, formal, efficient and final cause’’. While the material cause ask the question: what is the stuff a thing is made of? The formal cause raises the issue: what is its shape or form? Of what quality is it? The efficient cause inquires about the agent responsible for bringing about the thing in question while the final cause searches for the purpose or the end of such thing’’.
Having listed and explained the four causes above, it is of important to note that only the efficient and final causes would be exceptionally put into consideration. The first two
causes would not necessarily be of importance here because, the phenomenon fear has no shape or form (formal cause) neither is it measurable in degree nor can one talk about its composition or even component parts(material cause)).
 D. Subbas, Philosophy of Fearism: Life is Conducted, Directed and Controlled by The Fear, 2014, p.310
 The term facticities in existentialism are those things which are in existence through no fault of your own and you cannot do anything to change them. E.g your parents, country of origin, your genotype etc
 P. Iroegbu, Metaphysics: The Kpim of Philosoph, Owerri, International University Press Ltd,1995, p.229