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What are we afraid of?

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | April 21, 2018

No. 1,474

I hear that Joe Biden decided not to run for President in 2016 because he was afraid of what the Clintons might do in retaliation.

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Maybe that was a legitimate concern.  We don’t have enough information to say. However, we are often constrained by fear from doing what we want to do or even what we ought to do.

The only antidote to such fear is quietly thinking something through.  Our experience may be deceptive because we may remember experiences when our fears materialized and easily forget the many other times when nothing happened.

Sometimes we merely have a vague sense of fear. In those situations, we must identify the cause of the fear.  It may be rooted in a lack of knowledge.  If so, the solution may be to learn more.

And then there are the times when we are fearful but have no choice but to act.  When someone sues you, you must respond.  The fear must be overcome.  If it paralyzes us, we lose.  But even then there are choices.  Think it over.  Talk to someone who knows about the subject.  Map out some settlement possibilities.  You will probably feel better.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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