Fear is a powerful emotion. It is debilitating particularly when it seeps in to your psyche causing panic, trepidation and constant distress.
Growing up our conversations around the kitchen table were centered around news and politics. That was before my Father left the house. At one point my brother, at the mere age of 7 or 8 asked my Mom why he should even bother going to school since WW3 was coming. My mother immediately turned to my father and said enough of these conversations. It created a falsehood of fear.
These days we are living in fear. It has been masterfully created in the aftermath of 9/11 with the daily color alerts that came from the Bush administration. I knew people who carried around disaster kits….just in case. Not a great way to live.
If somebody tells you something enough times it seeps in to your psyche regardless of being truth or not. Trump has managed to use social media and the Presidency to fuel anger and fear in order to display power. It is the ultimate branding campaign.
Is there really a reason to be more fearful or is just our constant connection to our phones giving us the latest event across the globe. We are not reading about the wonderful things going on but the scary stuff. It breeds anxiety. That anxiety has seeped into the most vulnerable, teens who are not yet adults but think they are. We have witnessed that fear turn into anger and turn into killings of innocent people. There is a reaction from the inciting of fear.
How do we turn this back? Will the Presidential run of 2020 create more anxiety and anger over time? How do we turn this dread down a happier path? I hear more people saying that they can’t even listen to it anymore. That is not good. We should all be engaged in our society. The fear-mongering is no different than terrorism. We can’t let it win.