Are you afraid of the dark?

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What is it that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up?  What is it that makes your knees weak and your stomach churn with anxiety?  What is it that makes your heart race out of control, your palms grow sweaty and your mouth suddenly dry with fear.  Honestly in this day and age pick your poison!  There is so much to choose from according to our media.  There are the terrorists:  international and domestic, bombs, guns, fanaticism, fracking, pandemics, disease, tsunamis, earthquakes, serial rapists, serial murderers and seriously, some cereals.

The food we eat is tainted, the water we drink is toxic and the air we breathe is contaminated.  I’m not kidding!  Pick up a newspaper, turn on the news and all these things are thrown at us.  It’s amazing that we’re all not running into the bush screaming in terror.

The horrors that have been committed recently by fanatics, with an agenda that makes absolutely no sense to me, have taught us all to fear.  What we do with that fear will define who we are.  Do we as a people retaliate?  Yes.  But we need to retaliate to the correct people.  I do not want to go on a murderous rampage and kill all of those who may or may not have been involved in terrorist activities.  I do want to surgically cut out the terrorists from the world.  For they have taught me to hate.

I will not give in.  I will not live my life in fear of what might possibly happen.  If we give in to our fear then they have won.  I do not like to lose.  I especially do not like to lose to bullies.  This is a beautiful world we live in with wonderful people just trying to live their lives.  We are not all the same.  We are not all white or yellow or brown.  We are all different shapes and sizes.  We wear our clothes differently, eat different foods and speak different languages.  It is that difference that makes a strong.  Trust me, the world doesn’t need another me!  If we were all the same we would end up hating each other and the species would stagnate.  It might take a few generations but we’d all die out.  That’s not my future nor is it yours.

Oh and what scares the spit out of me?  Ssssnakes. And I guess not making a difference.  I want my life to matter even if it is in a small way.

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8 thoughts on “Are you afraid of the dark?

  1. scifihammy

    If we stopped to think about we’d never leave the house, or eat or drink again. I guess we just get used to living with a certain amount of fear. As for me, if something scares me – a noise in the night etc, I get up and investigate rather than worry about it. Yes I’m scared, but if it’s a noise outside (I once thought someone was walking round the house) I get LM and out we go!

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  2. emilievardaman

    I agree with the person above who said we’d never leave the house if we thought about it.

    This is all a struggle for me. I try to eat local foods and organic when possible. That much I can control. I cannot convince the government to ban toxins in foods or growth hormones in meats (though I do try). All I can do is avoid what I can.

    Terrorists? This one is hardest. I have long been a pacifist. I was totally opposed to war after 9/11 in the US. Instead of investing billions on attacks, prisons, and torture, what if we had invested in kindness?

    What if we had helped build schools, helped farmers, and provided small loans for small businesses? I believe this horrible movement to find and train terrorists would not have happened.

    Love can conquer almost anything. It is too bad we did not give it a try. Now, what a mess! How will it ever get better?

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    1. quiall Post author

      I am an optimist. I believe ‘good’ will find a way. I also believe there are more people like you in the world then there are terrorists and that gives me hope.

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