Why is fear the beginning of wisdom?
A modern scientific study of the amazing brain function of the Amygdala has proven the validity of two ancient proverbs written three thousand years ago by King Solomon. If you link the scientific findings to two proverbs, you will better understand why the emotion of fear triggers you on a quick path to all the vital stored knowledge you have gathered in your lifetime.
Thoughts enter the brain through different sensory pathways. Your brain has numerous areas where information you have learned is stored. Your thoughts sort through various brain areas to gather information from the stored or never stored areas for you to discern or make decisions. However, if you have been fear conditioned, your amygdala glands are triggered and your thought neurons link to shortcuts directly to your long term memory.
The Amygdala Pathways in Your Brain
When you experience fear, neurons are sent to the Amygdala in your brain which triggers a signal of which pathway to follow or react to prevent harm. A very brief scientific explanation is HERE
King Solomon linked the emotion of fear to wisdom. Wisdom includes an ability to understand and control all human emotions such as love, hate, anger, etc identified by Plutchik’s wheel of emotions.
In other words once you have been fear conditioned, you quickly discern any morals or information you have been taught and stored within your long term memory. If no emotion is linked to your thoughts, neurons travel through different routes through your brain and you may or may not link your thought to either a moral or previous learning to enable you to draw from this previous information or an experience stored in your long term memory. In other words, without the emotion of fear, you may discern differently and possibly incur a higher risk of making a foolish or immoral decision.
Scientific Brain Scans
Of course there were no modern scientific scanning devices in King Solomon’s era to trace the axon terminals from sensory neurons form synapses with dendrite spines on neurons from the central nucleus of our brains. In my opinion, how he obtained the wisdom to link this brain process can only be explained by the blessing of his gift of wisdom explained in the Bible.
I surmised in a novel how King Solomon explained questions asked by the Queen of Sheba why is fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom and vital links to wisdom. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to our modern times.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverb 9:10)
Train up a youth in the way he ought to go, to the end of his life he will not deviate from it. (Proverb 22:6)
I have listed two previous posts with King Solomon’s explanation in the sources below if you are interested in the philosophic interpretations of these proverbs I also included a Wikipedia Article about the history of how emotions have been thought to be processed through the brain..
What is My Point
Teach your children morality when they are young. If they attend a secular public school,they will not be taught the vital links to religious morals and in my opinion are more likely to incur a higher risk of making potential harmful and/or foolish immoral decisions during their lifetimes.
King Solomon, Why Fear of the Lord HERE
King Solomon and the Vital Link HERE
Wikipedia Amygdala HERE
Wikipedia Emotions HERE