The "X". It's the 24th letter in our alphabet, how the horizontal axis is called in a system of coordinates, the first unknown quantity in an algebraic expression, usually the independent variable. X can be many things, from the marking of a treasure on a treasure map to the symbolisation of Christ as it represents the initial Greek character of Greek Khristos (Christ). X -or rather x- has been a constant yet by definition variable factor in my math work during the 6 years of high-school.
I spend hours and hours solving other people's problems trying to find the x. Who cares what x was, apart from the textbook itself and perhaps the teacher? Don't get me wrong, I liked math, it was all logic and exact. I liked it that way, I could rely on it until the day they introduced Eleur's Identity or just only i (an imaginary unit which results to a negative result when squared..). And why tell me it's impossible to divide by zero when it happens to be not true, or not exactly at least?!?
To avoid diversion even more, though I can go on and on about the abbreviation for Ecstasy or the suffix used forming the plural of many nouns ending in -u taken from French, I won't be doing that and will just go on with the word of the day. In my compact dictionary -yes, I still use that one every once in a while- the letter x has exactly one page, compared to the 1209 pages the other 25 letters share. Fair to say that not many words start with an x. More than half of those words have a Greek origin, which I of course can highly appreciate, just like today's word xenophobia (meaning stranger and fear).
Xenophobia, the intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. Sometimes, I think fear is overrated as people should be strong enough to get over fear merely by the strength of their own mind. Sometimes, I think it's underrated as it blinds people, ignorant of how strong they truly are. Everyone is afraid of something, most of the time silly things like spiders that aren't even dangerous or darkness that is exactly the same as anything else, just with the light missing. Some people are afraid of heights, but that's rational. Some people are afraid of dying, but I believe everyone is in his or her own way. Fear is nothing to be afraid of. It's human, the reason people make mistakes or behave irrational. Life would be dull when no one would be afraid of anything. It's the learning to be less frightened that makes life so wonderful.
But fear of people from other countries? I don't get that. Afraid of strangers, sure, but what difference does it make whether that stranger is from your own country or another? Strangers are strangers. Perhaps you are afraid of not being understood, of not understanding because of the language. But then it shouldn't be called fear of foreigners, should it? Fear of strangers or fear of people with a language you don't understand are somewhat logical. The reason why is clear though in my opinion there is nothing to be afraid of. Being afraid of foreigners is a line of racism that you can't control, or not yet. Hatred begins with fear, and fear shouldn't be part of a conscious mind for too long or it will stay there forever.
Not to say I'm fearless, not at all. I'm afraid of many things and well aware of it. Or at least, I used to be afraid of many things. I used to hate and fear spiders, but only a selection of them. The tiny were OK, the huge ones were OK, but everything in between was not. I was afraid of myself, but not so any more. I was -and still am- afraid of calling. Not being called, that's all right, just calling. It's not so bad when I know beforehand who is going to answer, but when that's not clear, I'd rather cycle half an hour or more to talk to people than call. I don't know why, maybe I never will know, but it's the way it is. It's highly inconvenient, but for the rest I don't worry too much about it. And everyone should do the same. A fear is a fear, but as long as you let it live your life, it's not a fear, it's a handicap.
To be quoting a Cinderella Story, or Babe Ruth: Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.