- Intimacy. Oh, my, this could lead to another Tendrils. You know, the ways we feel vulnerable.
- Poverty. This one even gets twisted up in white superiority and racism, if you look really closely.
- Being pulled over while driving. Though it’s unlikely to be a death sentence for me.
- Lawsuits. Which can lead to poverty, above.
- Being held up or robbed. Well, that can be like a lawsuit plus potential violence.
- Rejection. Which also leads back to intimacy, above.
- Shame. Well, usually shame is linked to something you’re born with, but it still connects with fear, along with its first-cousin, guilt – arising from something you did bad, really bad.
- Hunger. Not that most Americans actually go without food long, but just watch their reactions when they have to fast or go more than two or three hours without a nibble.
- Debilitating illness or physical handicap. Blindness, deafness, dementia, for starters. Or falling off a ladder at my age.
- Dying as a failure. You know, without achieving something big to advance mankind. Or just plain going to Hell.
Do these all involve pain?
What would you add to the list?