The idea that if something seems dangerous or fearsome, you must become terribly occupied with and upset about it.
This is so true for me. I am constantly absorbed with my fears. I am worried about my health, injuries, my job, the fact that I am single and childless, money, my future.
This is one reason why I am so annoyed with one of my co-workers. He worries about everything, and he is very pessimistic. I have to work hard to ignore him and not get sucked into it.
I think about this when I see people doing something daring. Are they not worried about the risks?
I think his point is that we don’t have to allow our fears to overwhelm us. For example, I used to be terrified of losing my job, because I was laid off six years ago. But I deal with this by doing well at my current job, paying down debt, and saving money. I also try to be realistic about my fears. My co-worker is convinced that he is going to be fired for almost anything, even though the people I work with are reasonable. I try to be realistic in terms of what could cause me to lose my job, and also try to build my skill set, to make myself more desirable to employers.