The fear based society that we live in

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    Jul 31, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    A while ago I read the book State of Fear by Michael Crichton, and I never really realized how fear based everything in our lives truly is. Then I started looking around, and really listening...and no pun intended it scared the crap out of me.

    Some conspiracy theorists say it is about control, but do you think as humans we thrive off of it?
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    Aug 01, 2009 3:26 AM GMT
    I think the healthiest way to live life is to bury your head in a hole and not to ask any questions. Everything will work out. That way you don't have to be afraid.
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    Aug 01, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    TrowelMonger saidI think the healthiest way to live life is to bury your head in a hole and not to ask any questions. Everything will work out. That way you don't have to be afraid.


    I have a hole.... icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 01, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    CapeAnnAthletic saidA while ago I read the book State of Fear by Michael Crichton, and I never really realized how fear based everything in our lives truly is. Then I started looking around, and really listening...and no pun intended it scared the crap out of me.

    Some conspiracy theorists say it is about control, but do you think as humans we thrive off of it?



    Perhaps.

    You're getting the hang of how the system works.
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    Aug 01, 2009 3:39 AM GMT
    RST2009 said
    TrowelMonger saidI think the healthiest way to live life is to bury your head in a hole and not to ask any questions. Everything will work out. That way you don't have to be afraid.


    I have a hole.... icon_eek.gif

    Hahahahaahaa Good one. Zing hahahaha

    I should mention I was kidding about what I said.
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    Aug 01, 2009 3:40 AM GMT
    TrowelMonger said
    RST2009 said
    TrowelMonger saidI think the healthiest way to live life is to bury your head in a hole and not to ask any questions. Everything will work out. That way you don't have to be afraid.


    I have a hole.... icon_eek.gif

    Hahahahaahaa Good one. Zing hahahaha

    I should mention I was kidding about what I said.


    So was I....
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    Aug 01, 2009 3:44 AM GMT
    "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate... leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you."
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    Aug 01, 2009 3:53 AM GMT
    "A day without sunshine is like night."

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    Aug 01, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
    If you've never seen Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore, it hits on many of the same notes. The Bush government was particularly good at fear-based governance. One of the most interesting segments of the movie, to me, is where he visits Canada. And he just walks into people's homes because they don't lock their doors. He investigates why their mindset is different than ours.
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    Victimhood appears to be a very desirable product. Everyone wants to buy it.

    If you enjoyed that book, you might also check out "The Demon-Haunted World" by Carl Sagan. Somehow, I find limited entertainment value in statements of the obvious. Preaching to the choir, I guess.
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:03 AM GMT
    EricLA saidIf you've never seen Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore, it hits on many of the same notes. The Bush government was particularly good at fear-based governance. One of the most interesting segments of the movie, to me, is where he visits Canada. And he just walks into people's homes because they don't lock their doors. He investigates why their mindset is different than ours.


    Yeah it kinda depends on where you live in Canada. In my old neighbourhood we would definantly lock the door. There are tons of rough areas in inner cities and on some reserves/small towns etc...
    Mostly I think it's just cause we have more space.
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:05 AM GMT
    Michael Chrichton wrote a book about the state scaring everyone, and now you think the state is scaring everyone. Similarly, every time I see Jeff Goldblum I am convinced a T-Rex is going to fuck him up.

    Chrichton is just a good author who meticulously researches what he writes about (except climate change).
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie said

    Chrichton WAS just a good author who meticulously researcheD what he wrOte about (except climate change).


    He Died
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:14 AM GMT
    Actually, Crichton's research has never been particularly meticulous, and he usually comes down on the side of vapid fear-mongering. I thought the climate-change scepticism was quite a departure for him.

    Well, I suppose it's meticulous if compared to Dan Brown icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:14 AM GMT
    well then canadians are lucky cause my familys been robbed like 5 times..it sucks. We lock our shit up heavily!!
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:17 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidMichael Chrichton wrote a book about the state scaring everyone, and now you think the state is scaring everyone. Similarly, every time I see Jeff Goldblum I am convinced a T-Rex is going to fuck him up.

    Chrichton is just a good author who meticulously researches what he writes about (except climate change).


    Exactly...he *researches* which means there's a strong element of truth, and accuracy to his books. So you don't just -think- the government is trying to scare you..... they have obvious motives for doing so, particularly the previous administration.
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:19 AM GMT
    LOL. Since the heat wave hit, I've left all the the doors wide open all night. Last night a bat kamikaze'ed into the ceiling fan and dropped onto my bed.

    When I was working for the corpse-oration, I used to drive back to the farm, when my parents were gone on vacation. I'd take the keys out of the vehicles and lock the doors of the house. When they got home, they were always pissed at me. (They didn't take the keys to their own house with them, when they left on vacation...)
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    Aug 01, 2009 4:36 AM GMT
    cjcartist1984 saidHe Died


    Doesn't change the fact that he is good icon_biggrin.gif

    t0theheights saidExactly...he *researches* which means there's a strong element of truth, and accuracy to his books. So you don't just -think- the government is trying to scare you..... they have obvious motives for doing so, particularly the previous administration.


    Chrichton researched epidemiology and came up with the Andromeda Strain. Yet, the events in the book don't reflect reality, just a possibility. Just as this book is an embellishment on a fragment of reality.

    Healthy skepticism of the government is good, but the OP got the crap scared out of him. And no one likes poopy-pants.
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    Aug 01, 2009 5:15 AM GMT
    Our doubts are traitors
    And make us lose the good we oft might win,
    By fearing to attempt.

    William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
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    Aug 01, 2009 9:51 AM GMT
    Stop dissing on Crichton! He made me fall in love with dinosaurs. icon_mad.gif
  • Delivis

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    Aug 01, 2009 10:03 AM GMT
    I'm afraid you may be right.
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    Aug 01, 2009 11:46 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI believe fear is used in many levels to control people. I went to a Catholic school for grammar and high school. Their methods were all about instilling fear and guilt to control people. I got so fed up of their bullshit.

    Many Christian denominations use the fear approach, the old "fire and brimstone" tactic.

    "Hell is gaping before you, and damnation will be your fate. But I can show you the way to avoid it, and instead help open the doors of Heaven for you. For only a small fee and your undivided attention, salvation can be yours..."
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    Aug 01, 2009 11:54 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI believe fear is used in many levels to control people. I went to a Catholic school for grammar and high school. Their methods were all about instilling fear and guilt to control people. I got so fed up of their bullshit.


    "If you miss Church, you will go to hell. If you masturbate, you will go to hell. If you say a curse word, you will go to hell. If you have bad penmanship, you will go to hell."

    Of course religions prey on our fears. Mostly our fear of death and what will happen after it. Bush and Co. did the same thing.
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    Aug 01, 2009 11:55 AM GMT
    I guess...I did not state this correctly, and I know that government, corporations, organized religion (the list can go on and on)....and just about everyone else love to scare the crap out of us...I guess I was trying to get other people's views on the subject.

    I actually sit back and laugh at it now...as it really seems so absurd.....actually what got me laughing the hardest was a program on one of the cable channels the other night where they were predicting what would happen if the methane pockets in the ocean suddenly gave way...it was hilarious, but sad at the same time.
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    Aug 01, 2009 12:16 PM GMT
    I think it's an particularly an American thing

    The best examples I can give is when there is a bomb scare on public transport in an american airport, they visibly look unerved and anxiety ridden and a 30 foot circle appears around the middle eastern people.

    In london on the underground or in heathrow people keep walking without even blinking.


    Even compare the BBC to the likes of Fox, The killer bees are coming, a certain soft drink could be deadly, a women used the same cup as a mexican and dropped dead of pig-flu YOU COULD BE NEXT!

    It's beyond ridicule I watch news to be informed, not because I want to be entertained...or worry i'll die if I don't