posted on Apr, 19 2004 @ 04:52 PM
I think as humans we love fear. It goes hand in hand with religion. Deep down we believe there has to be something more out there. It is acceptable
that something bigger than us watching over us controlling our destiny. Fear meets that same inner drive. Our minds are clouded with all types of
phobias. Whether we choose to believe that we are all driven by some type of fear or we are all in denial. It is our survival instinct that sets the
course of our inquisitive nature. Like the first man coming out of his cave peeking out to see if the coast is clear before setting out on his daily
rituals. Listening and watching his surroundings ever so closely for dangers that lurk in his territory.
Pretty much in the same way we do. We listen to the radio, television and view horrors on the internet on a daily basis. As information becomes so
readily available and so quickly accessible it even opens up new horizons of fear. We are a fear driven nation in the US with all of the propaganda
the government feeds us as well as the media. Using the internet as a tool like that of a roller coaster we feed our need for fear. For once I wish I
could hear the news without having to listen to all of the OMG the Earth will self destruct in five minutes. This is exactly how our government wants
us to react. So that we will blindly give over more of our freedoms for the sake of security to protect us.
We thrive on John Titor, asteroids, terrorists, gun slayings, Nostradamus and Osa Bin Laden. The internet is our dealer of fear that we live like
junkies waiting for our next hit of terror induced euphoria. From Big Foot to Space Aliens, there is a wide range of fears to feed our addiction. I
believe that technology has brought about more fear into our lives than being the savior it once was thought to procure. Now just the thought of
technology dying tomorrow causes panic. Take the Y2K bug for an example. Everyone lived in horror for months thinking that the whole world’s economy,
computers and Nuclear reactors were going to expire at midnight. Was there a probable chance? Yes, I don’t deny that. Or is that the fear imbedded
into me by the media?
What is it about us as human beings that feel the need to thrive on fear? Racism, the fear of someone being different than us. Religion, because
someone believes differently than we do. Death, it is a 100% probability you are going to die. It is the yearning to know how and when that mystifies
us. We live in a constant nightmare everyday. Hypochondriacs are the funniest of all. I can understand most other phobias. Well some of them at least.
The hypo is the funniest because it is so easy to embed ideas into their head.
Just writing this a flood of fears overwhelmed me. The funny thing is when I was a teen I was suicidal. I couldn’t wait to get it over with. I pulled
through mainly because I just had to see what life had to throw at me next. Almost everyone I knew in high school and college had suicidal thoughts.
Unless it was just me and my choice of friends I don’t know. I blame a lot of it all on chemical imbalances in the preteen to adolescent changes going
on in our bodies at that time in our lives. Our inability to understand and process what is going on while everything to a teen is magnified. Now as
an adult I am blown away at how trivial it all was. Also take into account I grew up with the ever impending doom of cold war on the news every night.
What drives today’s teen fears?
What do you fear the most?