Fear or fear mongering tactics are among the highest potent humanistic emotional states. Although extremely beneficial within scenarios in which critical danger is present, it really is one of the most incapacitating and even harmful feelings ever intentionally introduced.
Within this article, our experts are going to take a look at just how fear could be utilized as an instrument of control, and even the way people in places of power, past & present, have successfully made use of terror or fear to control society and the world.
Human beings ever since the age of Industrialized Revolution, have been progressively safeguarded from the hazards which our forefathers dealt with.
Still, as humanity’s fright of nature and its elements have dropped, to replace it, additional terrors have arrived or been introduced in order to fill that gap.
A number of these fears have developed in reaction to genuine dangers, however numerous have been to things just imagined. Let us explain.
” There are more things … to terrify people than there are to squash us; we endure more frequently in creative imagination than within reality.” (Notes created by a Stoic, Seneca).
Although a few of these types of imagined concerns are of one’s very own manufacturing, several are developed through people in places of power.
People wanting to benefit from & control others have long recognized the strength of fright or fear.
When one is grasped by the danger of a threat, genuine or imagined, their logical and intellectual capabilities close down, helping make them easily manipulable by those who guarantee safety and security from that danger.
” Absolutely nothing so effectively burglarizes the mind of all its strengths of reasoning as terror”, published the 18th-century theorist Edmund Burke.
Ruling classes for countless years recognized that strength of deliberately conjuring up fear within their subjects as a way of community management.
Henri Frankfort, for his publication The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man, took note that among 1800 and 1600 BC a fear psychosis spread through Egypt, triggered with the assault of unknown revolutionists starving for power & conquest.
At first, this psychosis was validated through a genuine danger, still, even when these particular outsiders competently left Egypt, the ruling powers sought to synthetically preserve panic amongst the populace – recognizing that a scared human population is simpler to handle than a courageous one.
As Frankfort described:
” The common aspiration for safety and security need not have survived right after the Egyptian Empire extended the armed force’s frontier of Egypt into Asia and therefore removed the danger… Having said that, it really was an uneasy time, and there were dangers on the far-off horizon that might be conjured up so as to keep the neighborhood together, understanding that uniformity was to the benefit of specific core powers … A fear psychosis, the moment created, stayed present.
And certainly, there were powers within Egypt that always kept active this specific psychosis to keep the unified objective of Egypt.” (The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man, Henri Frankfort).
The synthetic upkeep of terror inside a populace by a ruling group have certainly stayed prevalent coming from the time of Old Egypt up till the modern-day.
Oppressive governing administrations frequently keep their hold on a country by constantly conjuring up terror and afterward professing that only they, the ruling class, possess the methods and even capability to safeguard the human population from this kind of danger.
” The entire objective of pragmatic governmental policies”, published HL Mencken, “is really to keep the population alarmed or scared using a never-ending collection of the boogeyman, the majority of them fictional.”.
John Adams, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, said: “Fear is simply the base for the majority of governments”.
Even though there are many techniques & methodologies which have certainly cultivated over the hundred of years to successfully manipulate the general public via fright, a couple of the much more highly effective and also reliable ways was and is to use false flags and the application of disinformation by means of repeating.
A false flag may be described as a “covert operation … developed to trick in such a manner that the tasks look like they are performed by individuals, organizations, or perhaps countries that organized and even carried out the plan”. Within his publication Feardom, Conor Boyack offers a great breakdown about the efficiency regarding false flag assaults for individuals wanting to set up cultural regulation:.
” … physical assaults result in an equivalent boost of trust with politicians and also submission to all of them. This specific result is most likely the same regardless of the invasion known to politicians but still permitted to occur, or perhaps specifically coordinated through these exact same people… A false flag is used because folks typically do not have access to the information, therefore these individuals are susceptible to trust what they’re told, and therefore are conveniently tricked. Individuals will strongly believe what they are told within times of disaster, therefore authorities, regardless of the intentions being good or wicked, take advantage of or maybe totally invent the disasters.” (Feardom: How Politicians Exploit Your Feelings and What Anyone May do to Prevent Them, Conor Boyack).
Repeating is a widely known and common brainwashing strategy utilized in order to strengthen fallacies and continue panic within the general public mindset.
Through restating specified words and even warnings or cautions, and showing certain icons or photos again and again by numerous channels, individuals in power have the ability to incapacitate whole human populations using a fear psychosis.
The Nazi Brainwashing Administrator Joseph Goebbels was certainly aware of the strength of repeating with masking fallacies in a garb of naked truth, saying:
” It will never be difficult to prove anything using adequate repeating and psychological propaganda, that a square is actually a circle. They are just phrases or words, and they could be shaped to fit anything.” (Joseph Goebbels).
George Orwell saw bureaucratic dialect as mostly a type of brainwashing created to scam individuals:
” Bureaucratic dialect … is created in order to make lies seem honest and even murder reputable, and even to provide an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” (George Orwell).
The technical advancements of the last hundred years have provided individuals in power the capability to disperse their stories and even participate in fear-mongering to a magnitude never before observed within past history.
Having said that, in spite of the scary condition we find ourselves in, generally there is a remedy to the strength of disinformation and even fear-mongering: that being, practical knowledge.
Plato appropriately explained that “lack of knowledge is the cause of misery”, and so long as people stay uninformed of the simple fact that all too frequently those that claim to shield us from terror are in fact controlling our fears for their very own advantage, at that point we are going to be adding to the misery of the whole world with our ignorant conformity.
The philosopher Voltaire stated that “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” To avoid being an individual who can be convinced of absurdities, one must become an active truth seeker, instead of an all too common passive propaganda receiver. An important step in becoming an active truth seeker is the realization that when evaluating the claims of those in power, skepticism is warranted and even necessary. Very often those who rule do not have the best interests of the public at heart; for as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn put it “political genius lies in extracting success even from the people’s ruin.”.
The reality is that most of us are not in a position to single-handedly change the world, but we can at least try to rid ourselves of the unnecessary fears which are the fuel for so much hate and destruction in the world. In fact, taking responsibility for one’s own actions and the beliefs that motivate such actions, maybe the most important thing one can do when faced with the prospect of an oppressive government. For as Stanley Milgram noted: “The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.” And furthermore, might there be truth to the comment by F.A. Harper’s that “the man who knows what freedom means will find a way to be free.”.
At this point, some may be thinking that while the use of fear by those in power certainly contributed to horrible situations in the past, most notably in the totalitarian states of Russia, Germany, and China in the 20th century, Western nations of the present are far from approaching a situation so dire. Hopefully, that is true, but it is important to realize that those who have lived through the rise of oppressive governments have seldom realized the perilous situation they were in until it was too late. We will conclude this lecture with a fascinating but ominous passage from the book They Thought They Were Free, which is based on interviews with normal Germans who lived during the Nazi regime. The following quote comes from one of the German’s interviewed, where he discusses why he thought that more ordinary Germans didn’t take a stand against the rise of the Nazi government.
” One doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse … You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow …
But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked … But of course, this isn’t the way it happens. In between comes all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next …
And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident … collapses it all at once, and you see that everything– everything– has changed … Now you live in a world of hate and fear-mongering tactics.