“But attempts to evade anxiety are not only doomed to failure.  In running from anxiety you lose your most precious opportunities for the emergence of yourself, and for your education as a human being.  ‘If a man were a beast or an angel, he would not be able to be in anxiety.  Since he is a synthesis he can be in anxiety, and the greater the anxiety the greater the man.  This, however is not affirmed in the sense in which men commonly understand anxiety, as related to something outside a man, but in the sense that man himself produces anxiety.’

Kierkegaard writes in his most engaging vein about anxiety as a ‘school.’  Anxiety is an even better teacher than reality, for one can temporarily evade reality by avoiding the distasteful situation; but anxiety is a source of education always present because one carries it within.”

The Meaning of Anxiety by Rollo May

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