Fear :: Four Quotations / Memorable Fancies #1688

“What most people are frightened of is other people. We are frightened of each other. And we have got good reason to be frightened of each other.” – R.D. Laing “You fear the others both for what they can deny you and for what, even under the best of circumstances, they cannot give you, and your fear of them knows no bounds.” – Roberto Mangabeira Unger “...the cruel joke of some crazy mechanic who made seven billion toy robots and programmed them all to be deathly afraid of each other...” … [Read more...]

“The Gods Left Us” / Memorable Fancies #1575

[“...the no-longer of the gods who fled and the not-yet of what is to come.” – Heidegger] Our priests tell us that our old gods left us because we were sinners and didn’t deserve their blessings. But perhaps there was another reason. Perhaps they fled in fear of ... us. … [Read more...]

The Great “IF” / Memorable Fancies #1435

[“Why am I not frightened? Why am I thinking about you?” – Lucy Corin] I should be fearful, thinking about what you – not quite did, but almost – or said you might – and started to do... but then I was saved by the IF you uttered, the great IF that gave me lease, so that IF I ever did the IF-thing, then what you would do to me would be my doing: my decision, my power; not yours. It is some consolation.  It helps me sleep, sometimes. <END> See the author’s work at … [Read more...]

“The Wilding” / Memorable Fancies #1367

They were yelling, hooting, tumbling out of their truck in front of me as I slipped into the dark woods, went deeper pushing through branches, stumbling on roots. Through the trees I heard them calling to each other behind my back, “there!” “no, he’s over here!” Why me? Because I was on a lonely road at night and they were eager to attack – anyone? Their truck was still on the road, headlights on but aimed the wrong way to find me; but sooner or later they might, just by random chance. And … [Read more...]

“The Fear-Whisperer – IV” / Memorable Fancies #700

How did she know his name? # What was that flash – there, on the horizon? # Is that blood? # Why are they laughing? # The phone line seems to be dead. You’d better go outside and check. <END> THE SATURDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites. AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon and Other Outlets: “The Seventh Effect” – a cyberspy NSA-themed techno-thriller by Terence Kuch, in paper … [Read more...]

“The Fear-Whisperer – I” / Memorable Fancies #600

They’re in it together. Why did she hang up when I walked in? Everyone knows but you. Is that … breathing? Why are they looking at you? You’re going to say “be still my heart” once too often. <END>      If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites.      Subscriptions to this blog are available at www.amazon.com/author/terencekuch or at www.bit.ly/Fancies. – or you can just … [Read more...]