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Wisdom or fear?

Isn’t fear’s best costume the appearance of wisdom? Is it possible to separate the two in a mixture? How often do we rationalize something with facts, anecdotes, statistics, and group agreement when really we’re covering up the fact that we’re afraid?

Of course, sometimes wisdom can lead to fear. Putting all of your money on black at a roulette table is something that should be scary, right?

But what about those times where there’s simply fear but not wisdom? Going somewhere you haven’t gone before. Doing something new. Putting something to the test. Starting a new job can be scary, but by default it’s not necessarily an un-wise thing to do. And yet it’s easy to imagine rationalizing the choice away.

What tests are there to take to help determine if your choices are being made based on wisdom, wisdom and fear, or just fear?

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