Friday, February 6, 2009

fear itself

Several decades ago now, a brief exchange from The Andy Griffith Show: Barney Fife, as played by the loopy Don Knotts, is rapidly hurtling himself into one of his regular fits of hysteria. Andy Griffith attempts, for perhaps the thousandth time, to calm Barney down before he melts into a pool of gibbering goo. "Just remember, Barney," Andy drawls, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." This pronouncement fails to have the desired effect.

"But that's what I have!" yells Barney. "Fear itself!"

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