Bruce Wayne is paralyzed by his fear until he learns to master it. He learns to redirect his dreaded experience with bats so anyone who preyed on the innocent would have a similarly dreaded experience. Thus Batman Begins (starring Christian Bale) demonstrates how fear can be either advantageous or detrimental, depending on how we react to it.
Batman Begins appropriately demonstrates how fear is like a drug. The drug they derived from the rare blue flower amplifies a person’s indwelling fears to an overwhelming degree. People affected by this drug will see their fears swarming around them wherever they look. This is an appropriate demonstration of fear. Whatever we are afraid of follows us around. The things that frighten us wait for us around every corner, affecting our ability to carry out the true desires of our heart.
Most people are governed by fear. We wage wars because we’re afraid of what might happen if we didn’t. We vote for the candidate who promises to keep us safe. We don’t seek after our true passions because we’re afraid we might starve in the process. We don’t speak out against wrongdoing because we’re afraid of what people might think of us. Fear is a powerful debilitator.
Fear can be useful depending on how we react to it. It can inspire personal growth. We grow up a little more every time we overcome our fears. As a general rule, God honors those who overcome their fears to obey Him.