Fear is natural. And instinctual. It is an emotion that provides us with caution and hesitance towards the dangers of the world. Poisonous plants, venomous animals, heights, and water to name a few: many things that were a threat to our ancestors. Without fear, we wouldn’t be able to protect ourselves from legitimate threats.
But we have evolved, have we not?
This is not to say we shouldn’t fear these dangers, however we have evolved to understand the threats more and handle an encounter better for all involved. We don’t have to rush to kill a snake or spider upon site. After all the, these creatures have their place in the ecosystem.
Most snakes in North America are harmless and go out of their way to avoid humans, even the small number of venomous species that we do have. The vast majority of bites are from humans messing with these creatures where the creature is backed into a corner.
I am thankful and aware of my unique upbringing that my veterinarian father provided. One which helped me tremendously in taking steps back and thinking before acting. Attempting to put myself in another’s shoes and act out of understanding rather than fear.
What do you think?