Prompted by Mr. Long’s remark on one of my comments on another students comment, I will write about fear; fear of the unknown.
Society keeps us in check, but fear drives us to push away the new, odd ideas. Alice herself rejects the smoking caterpillar because she does not know about him. The caterpillar is odd and unknown, and in a different way, she is afraid of him. She does not know what to think.
We fear what we can not explain. Death can not be explained, or rather there are a lot of theories of what happens to us when we pass on. We fear death because we do not know what happens when we die. We fear different people from other countries because we do not know them. We can not explain what we do not know, therefore we are afraid of it.
Alice becomes afraid of changing size because she does not know what her changing of size brings about. She is frustrated and confused about her size change; her size change is unknown. She becomes afraid to change size.
Fear drives us to do wild things; irrational responses. These responses are to simple problems that if we sat down to think about, we could overcome our fear. Fear of the Native Americans caused us to kill them and take their lands. Fear of a nuclear war caused mobility of more nuclear warheads, that ultimately spiraled out of control. Nuclear fear led to the cold war. America had fear; fear of the what the Russians were doing with their missiles; fear of the unknown. That fear drove America to make decisions that caused more fear for the Russians as well. The double fear caused more and more mobility and production of nuclear warheads. All this happened because of fear.
If we overcome fear and talk to one another then we can solve the unknown part of the equation. If we solve the unknown, than the fear works its way out of the equation. There would be no fear, no bad decisions, and no unknown.