Living in faith gives us resilience and better responses to health challenges. It also gives us hope and a sense of direction. It's interesting that our Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques were all shut down early on in the pandemic. Was that deliberate to put us into fear?
Living in fear lowers our immunity. By constantly bombarding us with negative news and unsubstantiated claims about the coronavirus, the media and politicians have contributed to the public's fear. "You can get people to do anything if you instill enough fear." - Dennis Prager
False fears fostered by the media have fractured families and friendships.
“I know that the pandemic of fear has been singularly far more important than any core medical viral crisis that we’ve been informed about from the very, very beginning,” McDonald told hosts of American Thought Leaders Jan Jekielek during a recent interview. ...
McDonald argues that the public has gone along with the often irrational mandates because they are afraid and led by their emotions. “My view is that people, Americans, largely speaking, became irrational, regardless of whether what they’re being told is true or not. That’s not the point. They became irrational and they started to follow orders because they were scared. I believe that fear is really the mechanism by which people lost their ability to think rationally.”
You're probably not going to believe this, but our government actually does research on how to arouse fear, and this has been going on for more than 60 years.
In addition, the media has played a huge role for generations in getting us to comply with mandates based on fear, not logic, as Bonnie Mathesen explains.
"Fear arousal is widely used in persuasive campaigns and behavioral change interventions. Yet, experimental evidence argues against the use of threatening health information. The authors reviewed the current state of empirical evidence on the effectiveness of fear appeals. Following a brief overview of the use of fear arousal in health education practice ..."
In any situation, your mind is either your most valuable ally or your most ardent foe. What you think and emotionally embrace will directly impact the outcome. Here are some ideas about the effects of fear (emphasis is mine).
"Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions."
- Marcus Aurelius
"When I am afraid, I put my trust in You."
- Psalm 56:3
"Fear is the most powerful emotion to drive human behavior."
- Dr. Joseph Mercola
"Fear causes us to abandon our logic and common sense. Likely, the witch doctors of old used the same techniques." - Ed Berry, Ph.D.
"History is clear. Fear leads to demoralization and dependence, loss of choices, abdication of personal responsibility, and progressive darkness. Fear extinguishes our confidence in ourselves and our commitment to timeless liberties."
- Robert B. Charles, AMAC, Vol. 16, Issue 1, pg 43.
"Fear is a primal biological response to a perceived threat to our survival. Fear triggers momentary paralysis and then a fight or flight reaction before the brain can rationally analyze and calibrate our response to a perceived threat."
- Barbara Loe Fisher
"Overall, I’d say that we’ve had a pandemic of fear. And fear has affected almost everybody, whereas the infection has affected relatively few ... However, the fear was manufactured for everybody. And that’s what’s characterized the whole pandemic is that degree of fear and people’s response to the fear. "
- Yale Epidemiologist, Dr. Harvey Risch
The Real Effects of COVID-19 Are Psychological: "Fear of death is the ultimate psychological leverage being exploited in the virus information war by the CCP and authoritarian governments everywhere."
- Stu Cvrk, Capt., US Navy (retired), Systems Analyst
"If you keep pumping fear, you have the greatest control on people because people are afraid. ...
You have the mainstream media that is constantly pumping fear into this society, and everyone buys it."
- Bradley Cole, Vaccine Protester
"We cannot rule out the possibility that the local population’s fear in the early days of COVID-19 determined both the strictness of state-imposed lockdowns and subsequent COVID-19 death rates"
- Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
"Power is a wretched force when in the wrong hands. ...
We have had press that have not challenged any of this authority, let alone done any solid investigative work on whether there was validation to go to all these extremes."
- Salena Zito, National Political Reporter
"It is not famine, not earthquakes, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is man's greatest danger to man, for the simple reason that there is no adequate protection against psychic epidemics, which are infinitely more devastating than the worst of natural catastrophes."
- Psychoanalyst, Carl Jung
"The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their Master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim."
- French Social Psychologist, Gustave Le Bon
Here is a 5-minute posting from Dennis Prager about fear. He explains that there is a rational reason for fear - such as escaping from a fire or running from an assailant. It is perfectly rational to be in fear of your life and safety in these situations.
Irrational fear comes from the ideas or belief of outside influences or authorities. When these fears "are stoked by governments and their allies in the mass media and in big tech," they will "suppress contrary opinions. Therefore, please understand that when you hear only one side of the story, and that opinion is designed to make you afraid, there is a good chance that your fears are unwarranted."
Those who were the strongest intellectually were also the strongest spiritually.
-John F. Kennedy
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
-2 Timothy 1:7
Fear resides in the amygdala, but rational thought comes from the pre-frontal cortex. The amygdala will always "override" the thinking brain unless you make a conscious effort to "think" and not just "feel"
The government does not have the right to tell you how to think and feel. Our civil laws, which we should all obey, tell us how we are to act.
You become whatever you think. Psychologist William James said, "My experience is what I attend to." If you think that covid is dangerous, to you it is!
According to the Mayo Clinic, "If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic."
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