Drowning People Can't Cry for Help
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, every day about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the U.S. But there's at least one huge misconception about drowning: Many people assume that a drowning person will splash, yell, and wave for help. Wouldn't you? And isn't that what's often portrayed on movies and TV?
Actually, drowning is far from obvious. A report from The Journal of U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue has identified the "Instinctive Drowning Response." When someone is drowning, the person will instinctively display the following five characteristics:
- Except in rare cases, drowning people are physically unable to call for help. That's because we're designed to breathe first and speak later.
- Drowning people can't stay above the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call for help.
- Drowning people cannot wave for help. They are forced to extend their arms laterally and press down on the waters' surface.
- Drowning people cannot voluntarily move toward a rescuer or reach out for a piece of rescue equipment.
- Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water for 20 to 60 seconds before sinking.
The Coast Guard emphasizes that the Instinctive Drowning Response is triggered by a host of autonomic nervous system responses. In other words, it is completely involuntary, unlearned, and unavoidable.
How we manage our alarm bells:
1. We hide them
2. We get used to them
3. We defend them
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
Henry David Thoreau
Many kinds of fear.
Fear of Failure
Fear of People
Fear of the Unknown
Fear of Injury
Handling Your Fears
Peter had a problem with fear.
Had enough faith to get himself into trouble but not enough faith to overcome his fears.
Example: walking on water
Denied the Lord 3 times
Later in life still feared those who were of the circumcision
Martin Neimoller. First met Adolph Hitler in 1933. Stood at the back of a room and listened. Later told his wife: “I discovered that Herr Hitler is a terribly frightened man.” Fear PRODUCES tyranny.
Life of Pi. (Expressed reason for the novel: to show that God exists) On a 26-foot lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. Trying to transport an entire zoo across the Pacific Ocean when the ship sinks and Pi and the tiger end up in a lifeboat together.
“I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.” Yann Martel in Life of Pi.
Worship is your greatest weapon in the war against fear.