What scares you?
Hope you’re ready to share your fear. Today, Day 2 of 75 Days of Phobias, you get 2 phobias.
Hedonophobia Kids. It’s the fear of pleasure and Bibliophobia, the fear of…books.
I have a few Questions about these phobias, questions with a capital Q. If you can answer them, or have thoughts on them, please let me know.
- How exactly does one feel guilt for finding pleasure?
- Why would one be afraid to feel pleasure?
- Should we blame religion for guilt over pleasure — you’ know good ol’ ‘Catholic guilt,’ the pious Puritans, or neurotic Woody Allen and Jewish mothers?
- Whose idea was it that one ought to feel guilty or apologetic for reading popular or genre fiction, especially when the genre is romance fiction?
- Why the hell should I feel guilty about reading anything I enjoy?
- What law of the universe deems that I ought to feel guilty for enjoying good-old-fashioned escapist fun?
- WHO is responsible for giving the world this Bibiiophobia, this fear of books, because it has lead to this Hedonophobia, this FEARING OF PLEASURE.
I for one don’t feel guilt for anything I read, any movie I see, any cookie I eat, and I have no need to hide or apologise for my reading choices. Humans are built for pleasure, and I don’t just mean sexual pleasure.
If you ask me, those who bitch that popular and genre fiction turns brains into mush, are probably bibliophobic hedonophobes who could possess a Woody Allen-ish guilt complex, but it’s more likely a God complex, which by the way, is not a clinical term and does not appear in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5), a book clinicians use to classify disorders like Hedonophpbia and Bibliophobia.
I ain’t afraid of no books. Silverfish on the other hand…
Now it’s your turn, kids. What scares you and why does it scare you?