—Philosophy ought really to be written only as a form of poetry. (Philosophie dürfte man eigentlich nur dichten.)
Maggie Nelson: I’ve often written about things that terrify me—likely out of compulsion more than hope for comfort, or catharsis; as Peter Handke says near the end of his horrified memoir of his mother’s suicide, A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, “It is not true that writing has helped me.” So it goes. And yet: follow the fear long enough, or far enough, and it may give way—to an unearthly clarity (à la Celan), or great comedy (à la Beckett). Or, the grill of your attention might just wear it out. In these places, I find peace.
Or you might want to choose the buddhist way – (ala Pema Chödrön):
Pema Chödrön describes a liberating way to relate to our fears: not as something to try to get rid of or cast out, but as something we became very intimate with. In so doing, she explains, we come to find that the journey of knowing fear is in fact the journey of courage. From this wisdom, we learn to embrace the fullness of our experience in life.