Neuroscientists have found that an active amygdala shuts down higher brain function. Specifically, the amygdala shuts down creativity. This is why a person can’t lead well by instilling fear in her employees, or students, or children.
Now–may I get theological? If there exists an attentive maker, and if the maker has constructed us to flourish, the maker must desire that our primary stance toward her is… something other than fear. I don’t mean to evangelize–but if that’s what I’m doing, at least I’m evangelizing against dread.
(Originally posted September 23, 2013)