The human psyche works in twisted ways. It has an uncanny ability to create a whole new world inside the mind where illusions are turned into realities and realities are suppressed as not to pollute that pristine, immaculate realm where what you know can’t hurt you, and what you don’t know doesn’t exist.
Ever wondered why people enjoy watching horror movies, or why we get such a kick from watching fireworks from a near distance? Certainly it’s not all about the bright colors, I can tell you that much. In fact, it goes deeper than that. It’s a game our mind enjoy playing and it’s simply called “Contained Fear”.
During the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003, there was a study which showed that people in America were watching more horror movies than before the war. They went to explain that since people felt so insecure due to the circumstances of war, they were trying to find haven in something where they can experience fear and danger knowing that they were safe in the end of the day. So, the illusions in those movies became their own twisted reality that exists only in their minds while the real worry and concerns were put on hold for those 90 minutes.
It also works the other way around. You know how you would take extra caution while walking slowly down a flight of high, steep stairs that have no railing, while if they did have railing you would go down running without even touching the railing. It’s not because the railing protected you, it’s just because it made you feel safe, just like a little child carrying their blanket around.
Fear is something not to be taken lightly. It’s too potent a motive not to be capitalized on by governments around the world. Case in point, after 9/11 the American media went berserk with all the news stories about terrorism and terrorists threats. It was almost as they were trying to scare people in purpose, or were they? Of course it’s no secret that this had a major role in re-electing George W. Busch, for what’s more effective for a candidate to gain people’s votes that convincing them that they are in danger and that he will do everything to protect them? It’s no surprise then that whenever Ben Laden issued a tape Busch would go up in the polls.
It’s an age-old way to dominate people. It’s a subtle art devised with cunning and resourcefulness to instill the idea of terror in people mind and convince them they are in real danger even though it’s not necessarily true. It’s the art of making a mountain out of a molehill to serve a hidden agenda. Just like the Discrimination wall that separates the West Bank from the occupied lands of Palestine AKA Israel, it achieves nothing but adding to the suffering of the Palestinian people who were separated from their workplaces, farms, schools, etc and eating up a part of the West Bank which includes acres and acres of agricultural land. Hence, it conveniently serves Israel’s agenda as well as making Israelis feel safe.
It’s a world dominated by fear and, sadly, the people who master this art the most are the most cowardly of all.