Not a word new to anyone, a feeling familiar to all. A disturbing emotion, certainly part of the primal lexicon of all mammals, driving movement, change, and evolution. Abraham Maslow may have agreed that the feeling of fear equals in opposite the yearning for safety.
Fear’s etymological origin is as an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “terrify.” Fear is a loan word, driven to the Old English shore during the Viking invasion. The fear of losing one’s home to a raging man with an axe to grind would absolutely terrify.
In modern times, one still may have cause to fear the raging man with an axe to grind. Un-self-actualized egos ignorant of the basic need to be secure in one’s body, home, and resources can destroy what wobbly security one may have been clinging to.
Fear is often a motivator, spurring reactions which may result in the preservation of one’s base, providing a place from which to grow. From there, taking control tames fear, replacing it with purpose and more positive motivators.
Is the raging man afraid of anything? In one strange case, he is afraid of nothing except being wrong about his justification for creating fear.