Posts tagged “fear

Stewart and Colbert March Together – or Against Each other?

Ok, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have our attention. We’re all about looking at the world from a place of love, not fear, so Colbert’s mission to bring people to Washington DC for a  March to Keep Fear Alive is just too much for us to take sitting down. We all need to stand up and listen to Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon sing Love Can Change World. You can watch the video right on this Web site.

Her’es what Colbert says on the March to Keep Fear Alive Web site:

“America, the Greatest Country God ever gave Man, was built on three bedrock principles: Freedom. Liberty. And Fear — that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty. But now, there are dark, optimistic forces trying to take away our Fear — forces with salt and pepper hair and way more Emmys than they need. They want to replace our Fear with reason. But never forget — “Reason” is just one letter away from “Treason.” Coincidence? Reasonable people would say it is, but America can’t afford to take that chance. “

We’re not sure if Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity counter measure is the answer, but its worth thinking about. We might be too busy to actually do anything about it, but then again, that seems to be the whole point behind the movement.

The Huffington Post pulled it together with an analysis of these these two video clips from each satirist’s recent shows, saying either way, to expect lots of  Stewart and Colbert fans to show up in Washington on October 30.

We can’t be there though, we’re too busy.


Worst Case Thinking

If you look around you can find all sorts of very sane people looking at this issue of fearful thinking not only as a limitation, but as a real danger.

Bruce Schneier is a renown security blogger. His latest missive, published on CNN.com but better read on his own blog because CNN stripped out all the links, is all about the fallacy of worst case thinking. It almost like its the logical case for the Law of Attraction.

There's a certain blindness that comes from worst-case thinking. An
extension of the precautionary
principle
, it involves imagining the worst possible outcome and
then acting as if it were a certainty. It substitutes imagination for
thinking, speculation for risk analysis, and fear for reason. It fosters
powerlessness and vulnerability and magnifies social paralysis. And it
makes us more vulnerable to the effects of terrorism.

Bruce makes several great points as to why worst case thinking makes for bad decision making. 

  • its only half of the cost benefit equation
  • its based on flawed logic
  • it can be used to support any position – or its opposite
  • it validates ignorance
  • worst of all – it leads to hasty and dangerous acts

This is just an overview —  read the entire article to get the full flavor.

And there is a line between being hopeful yet realistic, and being fearful and negative. We live with reality, but we can choose not to create negativity.


Kicking the Fear and Anger Habit

If we want to look at the world from a place of love rather than fear, anger or hate, we've got to make some changes. And by we I mean, well, it starts right here with us.

In his Feb. 25 article Feeding the Beast — our Addiction to Anger and Fear, Larry Gellman of the Huffington Post writes:

If most people say their goal in life is to be happy, then why do they
spend so much time and money convincing themselves and others how
furious and fearful they should be? Why do millions of us spend much of
the day listening to ranting, raving, outraged people on the radio,
come home and watch the angry Right wingers on Fox or the angry Left
wingers on MSNBC and then read the steady stream of emails telling us
how mad and scared to death we should be of our own government,
Muslims, Arabs, Obama, Liberals, Congress, the media and everyone else
in the world?

Bottom line is that fear is too often used to control, motivate and generally keep people in line with whatever line of thinking is desired by those doing the controlling. Be afraid… very afraid… we are told.

This doesn't mean "lie down and take it." Game playing politicians and banks that pay out large bonuses instead of lending money to small businesses can really make us angry. But let's not seek out ways to feed that anger. Let's not let fear get the best of us. 

Gellman provides this keen perspective:

These are very hard and challenging times for most Americans. The
solutions do not lie in anger and demonizing the other. They lie in our
own hope, perspective, ingenuity, and ability to be part of the
solution.