Fear! What Is It Good For?

Oregon’s Most Influential Political blogs is out and I see that my favorite blog, Mover Mike, has slipped to 11th. Fame is so fleeting.

I checked in with #7 – Pacific Views and saw Mary posted about fear, Fear is the Mindkiller. She quotes The Bene Gesserit Littainy against Fear, Pg 19 of Dune by Frank Herbert:

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.

I agree with the sentiment. More succinct is: Feel the fear and do it anyway by Susan Jeffers.

From this quote about fear Mary makes a leap to the Neocons:

The conservatives generally, evidently including members of the top military brass, seem to be driven by a primitive fear not of attack or physical violence, but of humiliation. (Emphasis added) This is what makes them tick and it’s the essence of what’s gone wrong since 9/11.

First I’ve heard of this theory. Let’s say you are about to be attacked by a rattlesnake, you experience fear at the thought of attack, but is it of humiliation? No and hell no!

You sense survival is at stake and launch an attack on the snake before it can attack. Sure if you had the option, you’d walk around it.

Oh, I get it. There is humiliation involved. If my buddies were with me I would be humiliated if I let the snake attack me and didn’t try to defend myself. Can you imagine them standing around laughing and saying, “You let a little bitty rattlesnake attack and bite you and kill you and didn’t lift a finger, What a dip!”

Humiliation is not the first or second thought in my mind when confronted by a snake. My first thoughts are where’s my gun and can I shoot the snake before it kills me?

Mary then argues with political science by quoting

It is not power that corrupts but fear.

No, Mary, it’s power that corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Much of the left’s hatred of George Bush, it seems to me, comes from it’s limp-wristed response to an enemy that would wipe us all out by whatever means at its disposal.

Fear


5 Responses to “Fear! What Is It Good For?”

  1. Humiliation occurs if you think you are being attacked by snakes coming in the night, and you decide to beat a stick to death to make a point.

    Humiliations Galore.

  2. My mind works on a more simple plain; all I could envision was the movie Rush Hour and those two idiots singing that song, and then at the end of the movie with Jackie Chan on the airplane with the head set singing it again.

    Fear is a necessary element to prevent sane people from extending their efforts beyond that which is reasonable and yet; for some, that barrier can be exceeded in time of need. When this occurs for good, we call these folks heroes, when they push fear into the background without good reason we call them fools.

  3. I think Mary was referring to using terror and fear as a means to power and control. It’s actually quite effective, especially with the elderly.

  4. Your brief discussion on fear is on the mark, Mike.

    I believe fear is the number one factor to hate crimes, marriages that wind up in divorce, people unhappy in their jobs, sadness, anger, disappointment, guilt, shame.

    The biggest concern is that we’re never taught what to do about fear. Don’t talk to strangers, don’t touch a hot stove, etc. It stopped me from doing alot of great things. It stops businesses and governments and charitable organizations. Wouldn’t it be great if we learned how to master fear?

    Joe

  5. Never fear Mike!! You are the number one blogger on my list.

    But don’t let that go to your head and develop grandiose thoughts of power.

    Power definitely has a tendency to corrupt.

    That is why some relish the idea of an office, a badge, a title and a gun.

    Very powerful tools.

    Thanks to the writers of our constitution, they allowed us the freedom to choose our weapon of defense against a snake.

    Whether it be a gun, a pen or the spoken word.

    Just keep up the easy to read, informative and sensible blog site. It is a good weapon against power.

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