Believing our fears

 

Sometimes we build a reality out of our greatest fears or anticipate the worst of others, when the reality is far from what we have constructed:

Unaware that our stories are stories, we usually experience them as the world. Like fish that do not see the water they swim in, we normally do not notice the medium we dwell within. We take for granted that the world we experience is just the way things are. But our concepts and ideas about the world, like the stories they are part of, strongly affect our perception of reality. In … practice, one learns, early on and then continually, the truth of my favorite bumper sticker: “Don’t believe everything you think.”

David Loy, The World Is Made of Stories