FEAR AND FREEDOM
Fear is an insufficiently acknowledged human emotion that is closely linked to truth. To seek truth may mean overcoming the fear that one's own certainties and most cherished convictions may be wrong or the fear of facing the consequences of a claim to truth. Fear may prevent an individual seeking to 'know themselves' because it is too painful. Many who are within long-term, committed relationships may be fearful of looking honestly at these relationships. Human beings are experts at running away from truth and will use every means to avoid facing it. Once an individual stands on the side of truth, the values accepted by society and the group that individual inhabits may have to be challenged and rejected. The price to be paid for any individual who does this may be high. In everyday examples, facing truth may mean that one rejects a religious group that one has accepted for all one's life, that one rejects the values of a business by whom one is employed or a political party which one has served.
Fear also insulates individuals from confronting the truth about themselves. Human beings are complex and we are affected by many factors. Confronting truth about ourselves may be painful and difficult. The more we learn about the human genome, the more it may become apparent that many of our behavioural trends are genetically determined. We carry within us the genes that will