Conquering fear is the path to our freedom
By Scott D. Snitzer
Contributing writer for End the Lie
How we humans love to praise ourselves for being rational and logical beings, the Noble Savage as they say, so easily forgetting that it is the primitive, animalistic part of our brain that can take control at any moment in the face of crisis and trauma, decimating that same logic and rationality we wear with so much pride.
Our primordial instincts of “fight or flight” kick into high gear, heightening our awareness by the necessity of survival. It is in this primeval state, where creativity is overshadowed by raw reaction to the perceived threats in our environment at that moment. No tomorrow or next week, but rather just focusing on the danger now, living in the present and usurping higher-level reason for savagery.
As the muscles, heart and lungs engorge with oxygenated blood and our senses heighten, we lose our civilized veneer as our ability to calmly contemplate our situation dissolves. We are at the mercy of our evolutionary process, as our irrational fears have been capitalized upon by politicians, corporations and organized religions; a handful of appointed rulers, who have gained control by promising their followers that they will keep them safe from real, or more often, imaginary and vaguely-defined enemies.
One sadly famous fear-driven example of problem, reaction and solution includes 9/11, after which the Patriot Act was quickly passed for “the safety of the American people.” Our leaders capitalized on the high level of fear and uncertainty we all felt that day, spinning their now fateful terror-fairytale for the American people.
9/11 provided the excuse for our nation to invade Iraq, while in reality, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Yet those who questioned or doubted the Iraq war were silenced by the fear of not conforming as they were labeled “Anti-American” or “Unpatriotic.”
By using the extremes of fear’s reason, we were told “you are with us or against us” in an attempt to coerce us into blindly obeying our government’s unjust decisions with the threat of being sympathetic to the terrorists who wish to destroy us all.
Western nations have been accosted by an unending litany of psychological fear-mongering since that fateful day in September 2001. We were (and are) inundated by fears which by their very nature have posed absolutely no immediate, physical threat whatsoever. Instead these fears weigh heavily on the psyche, turning us into a paranoid population, looking for a boogeyman around every corner, thus creating nations of people with irrational fears.
It should be noted that as a people, we’ve yet to realize that we are being flooded by the fear mantra to ensure our compliance with their agendas. Politicians continue telling us about the dangers of terror, playing ‘savior’ by signing another surveillance bill to remove another slice of freedom and liberty from our lives. Meanwhile, the MSM bombards us with stories of terror from all corners of the globe, warnings of pandemics and food shortages, all causing us to want to retreat, disconnect from the collective.
If we fear, they win.
Afraid of failure? Then take no chances, and thus never realize your potential.
It must be noted that in order to maintain fear’s power, governments must vary the types of vague threats and the intensity of the fear, otherwise, it loses its impact under the law of diminishing returns.
If the government repeatedly tells its citizens to fear the same irrational threat, it is tantamount to “crying wolf” where even the most blindly patriotic citizen might wake up. This is precisely why successful leaders adroitly manipulate our fears depending on the social and economic milieu and politics at a given time.
The drums of war beat louder as the fears, here and abroad, drill into our mind that war is inevitable, which the reptilian portion of our brain blindly accepts, suppressing our cerebrum or rational brain from stating, “our leaders our lying.”
Note that regardless of the inescapable, ubiquitous security blanket in and around the United States, that somehow, these boogeymen cleverly snuck past every single high-tech security apparatus designed to protect America, these faceless terrorists bypassed and avoided all detection and now we have more reason to fear.
What is the price we’ve paid as a nation to feel safer?
Numerous violations of our civil liberties through a cascade of laws purported to make us “safe” from the nebulous internal and external threats. We obediently subject ourselves to high radiation scanners in airports and/or allow poorly-trained TSA agents to literally legally molest us.
The media’s relentless repetition of propaganda, rarely using logical or rational arguments, preys upon our base fears to generate as primal a response as possible. “Believe what you’re told or else” can sum up much of the media’s war machine, which like so many other emotionally charged stories, is “for our own good.”
While war profiteers grow wealthier and those already in power further consolidate their status, we clearly see contractors outnumber U.S. and allied troops in clear, abusive displays of power. Fear is profitable for those who know how best to use it.
Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski succinctly summed up the use of fear by world leaders:
“The term ‘war on terror’ intended to generate a culture of fear deliberately because it obscures reason, intensifies emotions and makes it easier for demagogic politicians to mobilize the public on behalf of policies they want to pursue.”
We have become inured or conditioned into living in a fear state in which we now believe that phony dangers to us are real. Our constant anxiety and emotional stress is under the complete control of leaders who create our fears while protecting themselves and pretending to be our saviors.
Our fears have polarized us and divided us as a people, thus facilitating more police state rule and making it easier for the corporatocracy to manipulate us, polarizing us further with distrust and suspicion.
We have recently been told to fear each other, to be “alert and aware” of what our fellow Americans might be doing to pose a threat to our safety and since fear is so powerfully primal many otherwise intelligent, prudent individuals are listening to and believing this blatant fear mongering.
It’s a brilliant use of fear to achieve one’s objectives as Mao, Hitler, Mussolini and so many other leaders have done, in a rise to absolute power, which turns our entire fear-based governance into the absurd contradiction that it is.
We are both perceptibly and imperceptibly veering towards a completely fascist society, which bearing significant resemblance to past totalitarian societies, would give us many things to truly fear. From torture to starvation and death, the fear of conforming to what we’re told is “patriotic” has been shown not to be a defense against absolute rule.
Ironically, Americans love to proclaim that we are the freest people on earth as our “only” fears are threats of fines or jail and not the punishment of death as so many “lesser” nations’ citizens must face in violation of their rulers’ laws.
The supposed lack of death as a threat cleverly diverts our attention from the very real terrors under which we now live in the United States: loss of privacy, indefinite detention under the NDAA and possible relocation to FEMA camps for “dissenters,” Homeland Security’s signs of domestic terrorists and more.
All of the oppressive, freedom-snuffing regulations and laws in front of us are things to truly fear yet so many of us go on with our lives as if things have never changed for the worse.
So many of us seem to be frozen in thought and time due in great part to the mainstream media’s nearly absent coverage of the disappearance of our freedoms as a people. “Go back to sleep America, your government is in control” as the late comedian Bill Hicks once observed.
The news and numerous new TV shows have successfully kept us off balance with “new and improved” fears, such as the end times or society’s imminent collapse once there’s no more oil, the non-stop reminder of 2012 being the end of days, the talk of a new world order robbing the freedoms we’ve given away to stay safe and worries of an economic collapse despite the mainstream’s positive outlook on the financial markets.
What kind of existence is obsequious, blind loyalty to parental figures whose idea of “love” and “protection” is to keep their children or citizens in a state of perpetual fear allowing lower states of fear for the sole purpose of making the “new and improved” fears feel even more horribly intense than the last fear’s impact on people?
In fact, what makes fear-based anxiety and panic attacks so cleverly vicious is that the victim only thinks that their new attack is worse than the last crippling anxiety attack due to the lapse in time. The mind’s change to renew itself in its rational, calmer mode until the cycle of attacks begins anew is precisely how the fear and anxiety of the general populace is so often manipulated by the media fear-mongering machine and those talking heads with whom we’ve nonsensically vested so much of our trust with.
How do we as rational humans break out this perpetual self-destructive cycle of fear?
By the simple acts of turning off your TV, canceling your newspaper subscription, taking your children out of public indoctrination centers we know as schools where fear and blind obedience are reinforced daily. Children should be raised in a world that keeps fear to a minimum, thus allowing their spirit, logic and will to ascend.
Furthermore, stop going to government-approved places of worship as most feed and build upon irrational fears they choose for you.
To tone our fears down, we can also get closer to nature, feed ourselves healthy foods to help clear our minds, meditate to give us better control of how we react to fearful news and situations.
You must accept that anyone – any leader, family member, friend or stranger – who promotes long term irrational fear is not a savior but a user or exploiter of your instinctual responses and ultimately a usurper of your happiness.
“Get rid of the negative people in your life” is not just a tired maxim but a way to strengthen your mind and brighten your outlook on the world. It helps you be more optimistic and open minded, something which fear precludes.
By minimizing the inflow of mass media’s daily diet of dire dolorous and grim news, you break yourself out of the negative thought cycle, freeing your mind and body to explore ways to better yourself, those closest to you and the rest of humanity.
We are literally one world which is kept divided by a propaganda machine, which works in unison worldwide delivering the same basic message of division and mistrust amongst the “common folk.” A life of fear, mistrust, paranoia and doubt is not our natural state as a species. This state is not the natural for any creature, aside from basic fleeing from predators and procuring food and shelter when needed.
We must try, no matter how many times it takes, to step back from our turbulent fearful state and recognize that fear goes far beyond normal boundaries and that our reactions to fear are so primal that they are beyond our control. This acceptance of our normal fear allows higher emotions such as understanding and love to open up the mind to hitherto unimagined possibilities and guidance from nurturing, more spiritual sources as we realize that we’ve allowed ourselves to be a victim of fear.
Once we stop blaming others for our situation and take full responsibility for our thoughts and actions, we now can divest ourselves of authority figures who seemingly parasitically feed and grow off of our darker emotions such as envy, hatred, fear and greed. When we’re aware that we’ve been playing the role of the victim, we can choose instead to take personal responsibility for building a better future and stop blaming others for our problems.
Hitler’s rise to power was nearly 100% legal as the German people reacted to every fear Hitler exploited with near full cooperation. Hitler’s rule could not have been realized without the help of the masses, whose blind obedience to their “savior” made Hitler stronger, just as the citizens of the United States have given their leaders the legal permission to steal their freedoms in exchange for the illusion of safety in an attempt to feel less fearful.
We are very possibly heading towards the fascist state history so loves to use as an example of “what all nations must avoid.”
Were the American people to realize that their fears and hopes are being toyed with by what is actually a very small group of insecure people, we might actually, peacefully and legally, take back our power.
All we have to do is, somehow, break out of our seemingly inescapable maze of blind, irrational terror.
The solutions to conquering fear may sound simple, but considering that so many of us have been isolated from our true selves via society’s misleading delusions, many cannot see the key to their salvation right in front of their faces.
The illusory fear-reaction-solution existence we’ve submitted to can be resolved with the simple adage: “Never overlook the obvious on behalf of the non-obvious” which, in our modern context, easily translates to: “We the people are in power.”
We’ve allowed a relative few, cabalistic autocrats to keep the masses under their multi-tiered, ruthless control by the intentional abuse of our fears, doubts and dreams while all we have to do, as a people, is to peaceably take our power back and create a world in which acceptance, love and peace reign over the avoidable construct of fear, destruction and death which we have somehow accepted as “normal.”
The power is in our hands, but we just need to know how to use it.
Edited by Madison Ruppert