This essay, in such a simple style as is the mind of the writer, is my personal postulation on many a topics that blend into the culmination of my desires and interests. In this reflection I intend to consider my thoughts while dictating them outright, in order to have a personal conversation with my mind and individual reason. I want to consider the idea of Fear. I do not want to consider fear in light of some sort of emotion that humans have, well not exactly this, but FEAR as a tactic utilized by one against another. I want to think about the use of fear as a motivational factor in the lives of men, but also that thing that hinders the minds of men from further exploration of the unknown. I want to explore why fear is used for such gain as worldly matters, or lack thereof.
Is it the unknown that we fear? What about the unknown do we actually have to fear? Hopefully I will remember to return to this thought, but like the winds on the waves of the sea, I will allow my thoughts to carry me to which ever means it may.
The world is made up of people, each with their own minds and individual inclinations, which has been chosen by them as a means to deal with the experiences that they have witnessed in the past. Each person is made up of a Will, Interest, Positions, Desires, Belief, and the innate idea of progression (whether they want to or not – ie the progression of life to death). With all of these personal “things”, a person develops a means to deal with the realities of life in the future, attempt to rectify any conceptions that they may have of success and failure, and ultimately tries to find rhyme or reason in their lives. This in my opinion is why we ask ourselves “What is the meaning of life” at least once in our lifetime. Anyway, each person develops a means to approach their lives, and this is influenced by the person’s experiences as well.
Walk with me a second as I explain.
Before we can understand the role of fear in everyday life, thus understanding the method that fear is instituted (or institutionalized in order to have a profoundly lasting effect) we need to understand what a tactic is. Every decision is personal. Every decision is for some gain of which is understood under some type of institutional construction (economical, social, political, ideological, religious, doctrinal, environmental…etc). With that said, each person establishes their means of formulation based on what they know. A doctor will learn to approach a problem, figure out the best solution, and they choose specifically a tool that can solve that issue. An Engineer will do the same in accordance to their style of learning (also an institutional construct… go figure). This idea or approach is in my opinion a strategy, a ideological method of analysis which has a terminal objective (personal goal) in mind. The breakdown of ideas into a series of chewable platforms, in which the organization of the idea can be met is the Plan. The WAY in which the job is done (which is figured out in the plan), is the operational component to to accomplish each small goal, and eventually the strategic goal. Finally each individual movement is the Tactics that are used in order to win the small battles that eventually lead to the enabling goal, then the strategic goals.
Can you tell that I was in the military, hence my need to explain how the experiences of a person gives insight to the strategy of the person.
Funny thing though, we may call those things (strategy, plans, operations, tactics, terminal goal, enabling goals, strategic goals, and movements) a variety of nomenclatures, but regardless of the associated name of point of process the description is the same. An approach is the strategy, the outline is the plan (job description), the research is the operation (tools), the use of the information is formulate sentences is the tactic (how to use the tool correctly), and finally the end product (this essay) – or a successful surgical operation is the goal.
This is how my brain works and this is how I will continue to communicate with myself.
Forgive me if this is dry and nonsensical. Remember it is written for me alone.
We have to build another key understanding in order to process fear in a more complete sense. We must define power and will in order to understand fear. Power is Will, the ability to will, or the ability to convince others to will. Will is the ability to act (think, do, feel, process). Power over oneself is the power to will oneself to do something. The only thing that can force someone to will themselves to do something is that person, or the thing that gives will to all things, The Creator. The ability to will is a natural part of our existence, hence each of us has to conceive of an idea (or use borrowed concepts to build ideas), and we must will ourselves to do something before it can happen. Finally the power (charisma) to will others to will themselves is a power given by those that relinquish their own will to that of the charming. The charming have to willingly – pun intended – allow others to relinquish their will, which is accepting the responsibility of their will without accepting responsibility for their actions. Funny isn’t it. Anyone that gains power through leadership (the ability to convince another to action or thought) has the most to gain and the least to loose.
In that paragraph I talk about many topics that I originally thought would come up later. With the last 10 sentences I alluded to persuasion and desire.
Desire – A personal goal, that if attained will give the person a sense (real or fiat), of accomplishment and enjoyment. It can be used to accomplish personal strategic and operational goals for their individual betterment.
Persuasion – A tactic and a goal of someone that WANTS to lead. This DESIRE leads persons to vie for the will of another.
Okay now, back to power and charisma.
The example of this leader (charismatic convincer) is the example of having your cake and eating to! Actually it is far better for the leader. His example is like having 10 people in a room, each with their own cheesecake. The leader convinces each person to relinquish their taste to him so that he will taste all the cheesecakes without having to actually ingest them, this is in order to make the best “decision” for “all”. The leader gets to taste every bite of the dessert, but the negative effects (the bloating, the digestion, the weight gain) is left with those people. The leader never accepted the responsibility for each persons actions, which is why they were the ones to eat the cheesecake, but he only accepted what they allowed him to. The TASTE of the cheesecake and the reward of choosing what he/she wants. Let’s not forget that the leader also receives his own cheesecake too!
Point proven yet?
That is the example of a leader. Someone with the power, but not with the responsibility.
I know the quote “With great power comes great responsibility” (reference later), but that responsibility is only on the shoulders of the one who accepts it. Since no leader can live your life, no leader can bear your burden/ punishments, and they will never accept your responsibility of living. Thus the President of the United States makes decisions for you, but doesn’t go to jail when you break the law. Good thing the leaders of the world don’t have to pay the fines of the wicked. If that were the case then their would be no reason for people to comply to the leaders ‘power’ and their would be no motivation for the leader to accept power.
This balance is good! This balance is just, but do we actually need leaders if all of us have the ability to lead/will/govern ourselves?
Haha, LOL, WTF! I feel smart, sike!
I am starting to see that my existence up to this point has been one of relinquished power, and that each time I give up my own power/will that I stifle any real success for two reasons. 1. I am giving up the ability to make the most out of my life by limiting myself to self imposed constructs that have been forced on me from the beginning of my life. 2. The responsibility of my actions is very personal and cannot be given up to anyone else, thus if I relinquish my power I put myself in a tricky situation of accepting something that may not be my choice!
I now realize!
I now realize that my fear of my own responsibility has slowed my progress and processes down, that the fear of not pleasing the institutional construct has stop me from developing a new strategy of success.
So leaders are leaders because they want to be, accept the will of others, and because of their tactics. They clearly have a strategic goal, because if they didn’t then they wouldn’t and couldn’t lead/ convince another person of an action. They clearly have a plan, hence they produce the actions, words, and massaged situation that put them in a situation to have the opportunity to execute their power over others.
People think that they are better if someone else chooses. They THINK that their beliefs (if suspended of rational thought processes) and their choice, if relinquished, rids them of their of responsibility to themselves. This shows, however that they are in fact choosing NOT to do the thing that a responsible person would choose, which was their responsibility in the first place – the responsibility of themselves and action – remember they have the power to will, which is an innate concept of progression, thought, reason, and rationalization.
The tactics of the leader are………………okay wait, this is not an essay about the leader or even leadership principles (Just leadership principles – Judgement, Justice, Decisiveness, Integrity, Dependability, Tact [politic speech], Initiative, Endurance, Bearing [holding firm], Unselfishness, Compassion/Care, Knowledge, Loyalty, Execution) – sorry Marines, I changed it a bit……………..! This is an essay about fear, so in place of leader I want you to consider using the words; Elite, Deceptor, Convincer, Charmer, Harassor, and Aggressor. From now on the essay will refer to DEACH when referring to the negative characteristics of some “leaders”.
The tactics of a positive leader or a DEACH are numerous! They can control those that have given up power by the use of; Repression, Suppression, Coercion, Force, Threat of force, Withdrawal of support/ benefits, Intellectual confrontation. DEACH slowly build up their power base with all of those tactics until the power that they have is institutionally ingrained in those that USE to have the power, therefore creating a system of sustained power for those in the top tiers of the system. The higher the tier of power, the least amount of intra-institutional oppositional power you face. The only problem is this:
Once you are at the top of the institutional system you must work within the system in order to maintain the control of the people under you. You will be successful in the system if you idealize the system (this in my opinion is worship or complete submission to the system)If YOU step outside the institution then the institution will destroy you, because you broke the #1 rule, “don’t leave the system”. When this happens you will have those that have fully bought into the systemcoming after you in order to perpetuate the situation.
You are now a slave to the institution. You cannot figure out a way out of it, unless you give up every concept and ideal that you have about it. The System will fight you! It will shake and rock you, until you become the master of it. You can ONLY master the system when you master yourself.
In order for power to be maintained, their must be an apparatus of aggression in two parts. This apparatus will be able to enforce (a polite way of saying that force will be used in order to maintain ‘law and order’) agreed upon norms of governance. In this way the system remains protected from the inside from non-lawful change. Next an apparatus of external protection must be established, in order to protect the system from external influence and aggression. Here is the problem. By acknowledging that the system needs force to exist, the sustainers of the system realize that the system is not in fact functioning in accordance to the need and desires of all of those that relinquish their power. This is a funny fact because by this time those in power forgot where they got it, and those under their control forgot that they use to have it as well. In all, the entire system is on autopilot and the autopilot cruise control is on a path of not to distant violence.
This violence will come out in many ways.
- The system’s aggressive apparatus will fight to maintain power
- The system’s aggressive apparatus will fight to protect itself from the outside
- The system will produce franchised DEACH who believe that they are the powerful, therefore the system and those disenfranchised under the control of the DEACH will revolt.
- The system, like all systems will die, producing a rush of aggression from the newly autonomous apparatus of aggression
- The system, like all systems will die, producing a rush of aggression from the newly powerful (those that forgot they had the power the whole time), and retribution will go on the scapegoat of the flawed system (the DEACH).
- The fight for control of the system, inside of the system, will produce a senseless civil war of those inside the system that want to benefit from the power influence.
I’m sure I can think of more, but, moving right along.
Fear, finally, is the feeling (I say feeling because in my opinion it is irrational because there is nothing worth fearing because whatever is gonna happen will happen and our ability to act/ react is far more important than the thing that is imposed on us) or an idea that there is something to be lost in any given situation. For example, the fear of dying is actually the fear of not living/ not believing in a life after this. The motivation to work is driven by the fear of not having enough, and so it is the motivation of greed, lust, gluttony, and over indulgence as well. Fear is the base of every negative human emotion and condition. Fear is the thing that makes us relinquish or own power, because we are scared of the decisions and situations that we may be led to. Fear is the thing that legitimizes the aggression and oppression against another. It is the fear of being embarrassed, hurt, killed, harmed, or having something taken away from us that manipulate our minds into action against another. Damn, this is startling.
The feeling of fear comes with the feeling of entitlement. Someone can only be fearful of loosing something that they feel is inherently theirs. They can only loose something that is desired, wanted, needed, or wished for.
The DEACH make you fear that the system of men will go away. They make you fear that you will die. They make you fear that you will not have enough, aren’t good enough, aren’t smart enough, aren’t pretty enough, aren’t skinny enough to survive with them and without the benefits of the system. The Devils, the DEACH, and your personal denial mechanisms tell you through timeless whispers that you need MORE, MORE, MORE in order to be satisfied.
Satisfaction is defined by your definition, and if your definition is base on another’s, then you will never be satisfied. Even if that definition is a product of your family, culture, religion (I do not mean the personal belief in something greater, I mean the adoption of ideas based on superstition and doctrinal dogma), ideology, or tradition.
Buddha said that greed had to be rid of in order to be happy and content. But Buddha didn’t talk about the cause of greed.
Jesus said to love in order to be happy and content. But Jesus didn’t say (explicitly) that lack of love came from the fear of not being loved in returned, or the fear of having that loved one lost.
Teddy Galloway says to stop being scared and YOU WILL be happy and content, because happiness and contentment is the lack of fear of loss, the appreciation for what is given, and the acknowledgement that one does not have control of all affairs. Additionally, the belief in something that DOES have control over all affairs is absolutely paramount in order to rid yourselves/ myself of fear. When you realize that every action is a part of the system designed for you by the Creator of the system you will understand that anyone who believes in the Creator’s perfection, therefore the perfection of His System is designed to allow you room to grow, and nothing will touch you that wasn’t designed to do so. Also nothing can be given for you as a test that you cannot pass, therefore you should not fear the trials, but fear ONLY that you will not be forgiven for the mistakes that you make along the way. This Fear is the only righteous fear that one needs, because this fear will drive you to continue doing acts that will take you to a better condition in this life and the next. Remember, fear is a motivating mechanism, but which motivation would you choose? The motivation to perpetual aggression and worry, or the motivation to perpetual positive actions, happiness, and contentment with your situation. If you put your heart and soul into driving on the fear of losing everything in your life you will live a life of protection, aggression, and compounding fear. If you live your life like there will be hardship and challenges, but that you will succeed (without the fear of failure) then you WILL succeed. What way will you go?
Your opposition is the thing that keeps you worrying about the world, about your frailty of yourself in it, and your worthlessness. Your opposition is YOU. It is your ego. It is your irrationality and insecurity. It is the you that hides behind your fear and disillusioned ideas of truth. Not your attachment to Truth (Capital T).
Your opposition is the internal DEACH, that survives within the mind and perpetuates your attachment to the DEACH in the world. Falsehood and Fear understands that additional falsehood and fear are its friends, and it (the internal DEACH – the ego) will go to great extents to get you to submit to the world and your weakened mind. Your weakened mind is a by-product of your adherence to the fear.
Once fear is institutional, you will need the institutional establishment to protect you from it.
Once fear is internalize, you will need the internalize fear to protect you from yourself.
Rid yourself of fear and immobilization by choosing to ponder your every action, your every thought, and your every attachment. It is your fear that breeds more fear and more headache.
Do not let you Ego be your internal leader. Do not let your only true enemy be the focal point of your desires. Do not let your avowed enemy become your best of friends.
I give these words in faith, reason, intellect, and thought so that I may remember my own words and my own warning. All Praise be to the Creator of the Worlds, for without fear of Him and failure on a much greater scale, I would be too scared to face the falsehood in the world.