Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

03 Feb 2001, 11:49 a.m.

Am I a coward?

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Cowardice or well-honed evolutionary instinct?

I'm afraid to try new things. I fear the unknown. I'm insecure. How different am I, then?

I'm like mroe and more of the world. I don't like unmediated experience.

I just wish I knew whether it were genetic, or learned, to be fearless. So maybe I could change and not feel this abyss of despair.

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