Why we do everything

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Some brief thoughts on how fear is used to control us.


Fear is instilled in us at an early age and infects our perceptions throughout our lives. Our apprehensions are seized on and magnified by the media, the government, the corporations and the churches, whipping us into a frenzy of fear.

Those in power use fear to manipulate and control us. Fear makes us the instruments of Power. When we are afraid, we obey. When we are afraid, we will do anything to feel safer. Share on X

Afraid of crime? Hire more police and build more prisons.

Afraid of unemployment? Work harder and kiss the boss’s ass.

Afraid of new ideas? Label them as unrealistic.

Afraid of immigrants? Build a wall.

Afraid of other cultures? Bomb the hell out of them.

Afraid of terrorism? Restrict civil liberties.

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Afraid of chaos? Support the status quo.

Afraid of failure? Don’t take chances.

Afraid of being alone? Conform.

Afraid of going to hell? Obey the Church.

Fear limits our freedom, keeps us from enjoying life to its fullest and prevents us from reaching our true human potential.

Fear is why we do everything.

May 2001
Revised 2019

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