Fear is the instinct to survive. Animals sense danger and run from it, or turn to face it if so required, we, I suggest, wallow in the perpetuation of it. From an early age we learn that somethings are dangerous, we know this through experience, or through the advice of others. As we mature, however, we lose this ability to rationalize and we make the same mistakes as have gone before. Constantly we are told; ’Get a good education otherwise you will never get a good job.’ We install fear early on. Hide yourself away in conformity, never raise an opinion in case that is frowned upon and you are perceived to be different. That can make you anxious or worse, alienated. Don’t compete, as failure may bring ridicule, and that will distress and harm you. We read History and see how fear of the unknown brought conflict and wars. We see how the inability to understand, or even listen to another viewpoint, frightened us into killing those who were not the same as us. Greed was another excuse, the fear of being without, another phrase for greed. The fear that someone else had more of what was wanted was sufficient enough for some. Do we learn for this, or do we still oppose those who think differently? The world in which we all live is a shared place, not exclusively one idealism or another. No one side is right, and the other is wrong. Fear is what keeps us apart. Fear of competition, fear of the unknown. Fear of being truthful. Some find telling a lie less fearful than telling the truth. They find safety in lying, being obsequious to flattery, making false statements that they believe are needed to ingratiate themselves. In a darkened room you need a light to be switched on to erase the fear of the voice in the other corner and then honesty in the encounter. Hasn’t that light been switched on you may ask, are not people the world over beginning to question authority and raising their voices against tyranny and dictators. Is fear not at an end? Where is that honesty though? Look around you, fear of terrorism is not the only tool in the bag, fear of uncertainty is equally as powerful. “Look at the market index’s, they are our Holy grail. Look at the job market. The price of this, the price of that, the world is in decline. What can we do?” It is asked all the time, as the poor starve, and go without the basics that we take as granted. The lie is that we care. The fear is; that they know, and one day might not care about us….. This world is a rich abundant place, full of fertile minds and impassioned souls, not only full of resources that will be better used for being ours. If we all learnt to share more, fear could be eradicated and not just something we live through until the fear of death takes us away. We all die, but shouldn’t we strive, whilst we live, to leave this world a better place for those that follow? Who benefits from fear and lies? Not me, that is for sure!
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