Well perhaps it is. There are so many people out there in social media and in regular media doing everything in their power to raise the fear level in the general public. People it ain’t that bad!
Actually it is that bad. People all over the world are dying because of stupidity, greed and indifference. There’s enough in this world to be absolutely terrified about, but not everything. There are good people out there trying to fix the problems in the world. They can’t do their job without our support. Panic doesn’t help.
One the things that forced me to speak about this topic was a comment made by an individual who is running for the highest elected office in the United States. He has been spouting lies and half-truths to generate fear and hatred in his followers. Everyone has a right to their opinions and to speak their opinions in public. But when does it become fear mongering?
Fear mongering or scaremongering is the deliberate use of fear based tactics including exaggeration and usually repetition to influence the public in order to achieve a desired outcome.
Why can’t we just get along? I’m afraid of snakes. I am afraid of falling down a dark hole and never being found. These are legitimate fears. I don’t fear that my next-door neighbour is building a bomb because quite frankly neither of us is that smart. Just recently there was a takedown by police in a town less than an hour from me of a suspected terrorist, the home-grown variety. That is frightening. But I am not going to go around inciting fear and hatred because the guy had brown hair. I don’t know what colour his hair was. The point is, I trust the authorities to deal with the situation. I trust that those who know the situation best we’ll respond in the appropriate manner. Doesn’t help if I panic.
Is there some visceral thrill that people get out of fear mongering? If there is then they need more than help. I realize this is a bizarre concept but why don’t we just tell the truth. You don’t like somebody. Okay fine. You’re entitled. But don’t go around telling lies and trying to get people riled up about how evil this individual is because they don’t agree with you. All you are doing is taking us back the time of the Neanderthal. “Grunt, Grunt, Me want.” Seriously have we progressed so little? If we have become civilized then perhaps we need to prove it. Unfortunately words promote actions. Beware.