The Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, wrote of Abraham in ‘fear and
trembling’. I am writing this with a sense of panic and terror and so, as always in
such a situation, will need to proceed very slowly, taking great care, step by step.
What is such fear about? I want to suggest that these feelings, or more
accurately, some aspects of them, are inevitable in our human condition, that
they are part of what has been called ‘primary anxiety’, which some see as
inherent in our awareness of ourselves as mortal human beings.