Well, something has happened to me lately that makes me think a little bit about fear — and so I thought I’d blog about it today.
Fear — we all know what it is. It’s obviously an emotion that produces physical reactions that are far from pleasant. When small, I think we can probably all admit to having several moments of this emotion, and as we grow older, I think the actual feeling of fear might be less. But, there are those elements in our society who seem to thrive on installing fear in others and so I thought we might talk about this a bit.
I think one of the advancements of science was to dispel superstitions that long troubled mankind. For instance in old Babylon, someone observed eclipses and rather than use this information to enlighten mankind, used this to enslave and to bring fear to the hearts of the ruling class at the time and to its people. It was also used to enrich their pockets…a “Pay up, bud,” or we’ll turn off the sun. When science came along and enriched people with the knowledge that these eclipses were natural phenomena and had nothing to do with the “priests” turning on and off the sun, I think mankind advanced a little.
In a like mode, I don’t think that the billion/trillion dollar industry of Big Pharma could exist without fear. Fear of what might happen if one doesn’t take this pill or get that pill or take this drug, etc. Science might be lapsing behind to show that this might also be little more than superstition — at present “science” tends to endorse this kind of fear, but hopefully in the future, we might come to learn that this, too, was little more than playing on one’s fear in order to install fear and bad control.
And how about that boyfriend who took you to a scary movie in order to coax you into his arms? Was this not also using fear to “control”? At least it didn’t line his pockets…
It does seem to me that bad control/greed/fear go together — and usually (but not always) for the detriment of the person to whom fear is being worked on. And it does seem to accomplish its ends…somewhat…
It does seem to me that using fear to get what one wants just might backfire upon the user — especially if the one being “controlled” eventually figures it out. Or at least one might hope that this method of control might backfire. But surely fear isn’t the only means one can employ to “get what one wants.”
What about beauty? What about using aesthetics to bring about the condition where one can obtain those things one’s heart desires? What about love? Can’t love change the world? What about making sure that if you get what you want, the other person gets what they want, too? I don’t honestly think it’s possible to be happy in this world unless one makes sure that the other person “wins” too.
And what about ethics, honesty, setting an example that is kind-hearted? In this world that seems to be slipping farther and farther afield from what is good and just for the human race, it seems time to me to start stressing those things that make a man … well, that make a man a man. Honesty, integrity, family and love. Aren’t these better ways to “control”? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I think as writers that we influence people in a positive manner. Using aesthetics, I think we bring love into the hearts of many, many people. And this, I think, is good.
So tell me, what methods do you use to bring about good control — there must be good control, otherwise none of us would ever be able to drive a car, or fix a dinner or do a good day’s work. What are your thoughts? As a note, I will be giving away a free copy of the mass market book WAR CLOUD’S PASSION to some lucky blogger — just be sure to look over the Giveaway Guidelines on this page.
Below is the beautiful cover of SENECA SURRENDER, due to be released October 27th.