Sep 10 2022

Rippers

I just finished season 1 of “The Bear.” It’s great. The older brother gives the younger brother some cool advice. “Let it rip,” he says in a posthumous note.

I always liked this saying so I Googled it. Apparently in the 1800s when racing a steamboat, the engine would explode or “rip” from all the pressure. What’s cool about the saying is that while there is inherent danger built in, the ripping, there is also a fearlessness, the letting.

So it seems the opposite of fear is not exactly no fear. The opposite of fear is acting regardless of it’s presence. This must be the flow state.

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