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Saturday Musings - In a World Gripped By Fear

Saturday Musings - In a World Gripped By Fear

Sadly, when I look at the world today I see that it’s largely been caught up in the hysteria of fear. It’s questions like the following that seem to be plaguing everyones mind as the media pumps out an endless litany of terror.

Who will win the presidential race? Does that person walking down the street carry a gun? What are the implications of Brexit? Will I keep my job? Will my kids love me when they’re older?

Like the USA, Australia is in the middle of a federal election campaign. The two major parties here have finally devolved into, you guessed it, fear campaigns. You can almost feel fear's icy tentacles grip the nation as the attack commercials are shown time and time again on the television. It’s really quite sad.

Being bound by fear of the future and what may happen can be debilitating. One of my favourite science fiction books is Dune by Frank Herbert. In the book there is the following quote:

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

The quotation takes a stand against fear and states exactly what it is, a mind-killer that brings death and destruction. So how do you overcome your fears?

I was recently traveling on a packed bus in Amsterdam and an odd thought crossed my mind as a looked on a lady with wearing a haj, “If she has a bomb vest on I would never know.” It was ridiculous, full of bigotry and most of all fear. How do I quickly get off the bus? Will I have time? Am I right with my maker?

All these thoughts rushed through my head until I mentally faced my completely irrational fear not with mental fortitude or grim determination but with love. I decided to look on the people around me not as faceless individuals but as mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children. The woman wearing the haj wasn’t nearly so scary anymore. Suddenly, my fear evaporated and instead I found myself smiling at those around me (they probably thought I was crazy – LOL).

There’s a great quote from the Bible which says, “Perfect love casts out all fear.” President John F Kennedy said, “It’s amoral when men and women of good conscience fail to act.”

So in these turbulent times make a decision to show your love for your neighbour, your friends, work colleagues or even the stranger down the street. Together, if we stand against fear we can make a better world, despite our leaders, a world that we can enjoy with our loved ones.

Have a great weekend.

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Comments 1

 
Rawgi on Saturday, 25 June 2016 03:09
Sorry I can't resist

In these trying times I think our media is the problem reporting all the horrible things going on in the world. Isn't there anywhere that reports the good things? Unfortunately we are controlled by the media and of course they are reporting what is the latest " Big Thing ". you are right about fear taking hold and influencing our thinking or outlook toward those around us. judging people by their race or look is not good, but easy to get caught-up in with all the news about terrorists and world stuff going on. Look what England did to the stock market and their own pound? crazy! So now will we be looking out for those crazy Brits or Englanders? I read Dune and thought it an excellent book, just like Fahrenheit 451. We can be controlled by fear only if we buy into that logic. I choose to stop, take a minute and think clearly, if I can and not let fear control my thinking and actions. I am not sure but didn't Rockefeller say " There is Nothing To Fear, But Fear Itself " ? Not sure many important people said lots of stuff during WW2 but I think thats where it came from , or its the line in a hard rock song from Living Color about presidents and MLKing. But it makes sense, the only thing we have to fear is our own minds creation. And who knows better what we really fear or are most insecure about than our own mind? Once you can overcome that, you will be better able to see and think clearly. Of course if that woman was wearing a bomb, then you wouldn't be here, or who knows. well i didn't come here to be a philosopher or write a book, Ha ha. I hope i am not being too far out there, just like what you are posting and like to tell how I see things.

Cheers.

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In these trying times I think our media is the problem reporting all the horrible things going on in the world. Isn't there anywhere that reports the good things? Unfortunately we are controlled by the media and of course they are reporting what is the latest " Big Thing ". you are right about fear taking hold and influencing our thinking or outlook toward those around us. judging people by their race or look is not good, but easy to get caught-up in with all the news about terrorists and world stuff going on. Look what England did to the stock market and their own pound? crazy! So now will we be looking out for those crazy Brits or Englanders? I read Dune and thought it an excellent book, just like Fahrenheit 451. We can be controlled by fear only if we buy into that logic. I choose to stop, take a minute and think clearly, if I can and not let fear control my thinking and actions. I am not sure but didn't Rockefeller say " There is Nothing To Fear, But Fear Itself " ? Not sure many important people said lots of stuff during WW2 but I think thats where it came from , or its the line in a hard rock song from Living Color about presidents and MLKing. But it makes sense, the only thing we have to fear is our own minds creation. And who knows better what we really fear or are most insecure about than our own mind? Once you can overcome that, you will be better able to see and think clearly. Of course if that woman was wearing a bomb, then you wouldn't be here, or who knows. well i didn't come here to be a philosopher or write a book, Ha ha. I hope i am not being too far out there, just like what you are posting and like to tell how I see things. Cheers.