By: Netania Bassett
“Why would you be scared of butterflies?” “But they don’t even have teeth!” “Does that mean you’re scared of birds too?” These are common questions and statements people might get when you announce having a fear of butterflies.
The answer to why is quite simple. Butterflies fly around thinking they can get away with everything because fearing them isn’t a very popular opinion. They figure they can land on whatever and whoever they please because “they’re so cute.” Wrong. Their wings are cute. That’s why I consider them wolves in sheep’s clothing. One will see them from a distance and say, “Oh look! A pretty butterfly!” But as the beast approaches, you realize that its sick body isn’t as adorable as its colorful wings. Didn’t anyone watch that Spongebob episode? Spongebob and Patrick were deceived as well, believing the butterfly to be fascinating and pretty. The butterfly lands on their glass bowl (or whatever they wear on their heads when they go visit Sandy) and Spongebob and Patrick see the butterfly for what it really is: TERRIFYING. They avoid the butterfly at all costs for the remainder of the episode, concluding it’s a monster. Really, please tell me someone else saw this episode.
Next, I don’t care if the worst they can do is grandma-gnaw to death. Some of the most innocent things can be dangerous or turn out to be horrifying creatures. Butterflies just fit that description, ok? Anything that comes out of a cocoon shouldn’t be trusted. It’s like the Orcs in Lord of the Rings. They rip out of their cocoon-like sack things when they’re done developing. And don’t forget the fact that they FLY. Imagine if there was a butterfly apocalypse; there’s no escape because they fly and, therefore, can go anywhere! With that being said, some ignorant people may act all smart by asking, “Does that mean you’re afraid of airplanes?” No. Go back to biology. In case the idea never fully processed, a butterfly is an insect, a live creature. A plane is a form of transportation created and operated by man. I would be scared to death if a plane was about to land on me but the probability of that happening would be if you were stupid enough to stand out in a runway.
Finally, yes, birds too are awful. The difference, though, is that birds have beaks; therefore, they can actually do damage and they poop on everything and everyone. Not cool, fouls of the air, not cool. I don’t even think we need to discuss the movie Birds. Of course birds are as frightening; they can do more than butterflies! Those reading this might be wondering why butterflies are even a problem if they can be compared to birds. Here’s the thing: birds, although horrifying, typically mind their own business in the trees or on power lines. Butterflies fly around on our level of this earth and all up in everyone’s faces.
This article is for the few who don’t feel like admitting their fear of what is called innocent. These people see things for what they really are despite outside appearance. Speak out, you’re not alone.