Living With Anxiety and Fear - Pt. 1

Updated: Sep 29, 2020


Do we live in fear or is it a state of anxiety? Fear is not an emotion; it is a response to a present threat. Anxiety is a complicated and very easily manipulated emotion we feel in response to something we anticipate might be a threat in the future. It is an often permanently present worry about something that hasn’t happened and may never happen.

For example, if you are walking through the jungle and you suddenly see a tiger running at you, you experience fear and you will automatically have the response of fight or flight (hopefully flight in this case!). If you are walking through the jungle and you’re worried that a tiger will attack you, that is anxiety.

This may seem like a small distinction, but in reality, it is everything. Where fear is about a response to danger that seems certain, anxiety is an experience of uncertainty. In this present time, with everything that is occurring in the world there are so many people living in a constant state of anxiety.

That uncertainty is the exact lever that mass media, insurance companies, Big Pharma, advocacy groups, lawyers, politicians and so many more regularly use to try to influence our behaviour. Why? Our anxiety is worth billions to them and we are so much easier to control. Fortunately for them, our anxiety is incredibly easy to manipulate.

For example, one of the uses of terror management is that when people are reminded of their mortality, whether through questions about what happens after death or bringing up tragedies, like 9/11, they can become more prejudiced and more aggressive toward people with different world views. It is unfortunately so very easy to create mistrust, hate and prejudice among the human race.

The mass media is designed to not only keep us NOT informed, but actually MISinformed. They tell us what they want society to believe to keep us living in fear, suspicion of each other and easy to control. Only 6 corporations own the entire USA media and control of the UK media is also concentrated in the hands of just a few large corporations. They control what we hear. Also, another problem with the news is that it must be new and shocking. Only events that are out of our daily norm and spectacular enough to attract attention are reported, such as terrorist attacks, mass shootings, plane crashes and epidemics. A 24-hour news cycle, regurgitating constant powerful visuals and reminders of our own vulnerability to dangerous forces beyond our control. Add to this what psychologists call “loss aversion,” which is the theory that people are more fearful about losing something than they are excited about gaining something.

It doesn’t help much that in the