Healthy Fear

In the movie Fearless (directed by Peter Weir, Warner Bros., 1993), a plane crash survivor develops the distorted belief that he is impervious to pain and death. In the final scene of the film, Max, who before the crash displayed a potentially fatal allergy to strawberries, proudly picks one up and eats it. To his surprise, Max quickly becomes delirious, loses control of his body, and collapses on the floor. The movie ends as Max awakens in the caring arms of his wife. Healthy fear is a good thing. It can protect us from many perils and potential dangers.