posted on Apr, 6 2005 @ 10:59 PM
Fear, The Great Evangelist
Without wishing to get too specific, it is my observation that all forms of evangelism, regardless of the details, are founded in some form of
I see the same dynamics in play whether the thing being “evangelized” is a religion, political ideology or commercial product.
The fear may range from fear of being misunderstood to fear of nonconformity to fear of not getting the best deal to fear for your immortal soul, but
fear is always involved.
Fear is not only what motivates the evangelist, but is usually what evangelists try to instill in their potential converts to coerce them into
compliance with whatever the particular goal of that form of evangelism might be.
Bait And Switch
No matter how sweet the carrot offered by an evangelist may be, there is always a stick, and that stick is fear.
In my meditations, I have learned that fear has a valuable place in the pantheon of human emotions, but not at the heart of it.
Thus I distrust those who seek to instill fear in me, because those doing so invariably are motivated not by concern for my well-being, but by their
More bluntly, if you're trying to scare me, you're trying to control me.
I do not seek further control over my life on the part of others.
Just the opposite, in fact.
[edit on 4/6/2005 by Majic]