Man is not a monster

Elements of fear, aggression, and mindlessness can't control anyone.

Growing up I would always jump while watching scary movies. And afterward, I would get scared of monsters and dark places and would go to my parents for comfort. They would reassure me that none of that stuff was real and would remind me of passages or ideas in the Bible or the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Sometimes even a stanza from the Christian Science Hymnal would help
calm me.

Through the years, these spiritual truths helped me see why I should not be afraid of things—not just things that I can see, but things that try to attack my thoughts and imagination. 

During my high school and early college years, horror/fantasy creatures—especially zombies and vampires—became very popular topics in books, movies, and TV shows. I seemed unnaturally affected by zombie movies in particular. 

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Hometown healing
December 3, 2012

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