Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Real Ground Zero

It's rather amazing how strong fear is. I mean, haven't you ever wondered how roaches scurry when you turn on the light? How they run like crazy the more you try to smash them? Exactly, how do they know you've got their personal extermination in mind?

Think about it. Roaches, flys, mice, snakes, chickens, virtually every creature there is, feels fear.
Cut off the head of a chicken and let it go, and it will run around in fear in circles until all of its blood spurts out of its severed arteries.

So fear is not something in your brain, something that you think through. Fear is somewhere in your reptile brain and your muscle system. If a car comes from your blind side and surprises you, you jump, your heart hops, and the adrelenine shoots into your blood stream. And you scream four letter words at the driver. You don't make a rational decision to do that, it just happens.

And in humans, our fears arise not just from threats to our actual survival. Our fears and our flight or fight mechanism can be set off by all kinds of stimuli.

Here's one doctors description:

When our fight or flight response is activated, sequences of nerve cell firing occur and chemicals like adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol are released into our bloodstream. These patterns of nerve cell firing and chemical release cause our body to undergo a series of very dramatic changes.

Our respiratory rate increases.

Blood is shunted away from our digestive tract and directed into our muscles and limbs, which require extra energy and fuel for running and fighting.

Our pupils dilate. Our awareness intensifies. Our sight sharpens. Our impulses quicken. Our perception of pain diminishes. Our immune system mobilizes with increased activation. We become prepared—physically and psychologically—for fight or flight.

We scan and search our environment, "looking for the enemy."

When our fight or flight system is activated, we tend to perceive everything in our environment as a possible threat to our survival. By its very nature, the fight or flight system bypasses our rational mind—where our more well thought out beliefs exist—and moves us into "attack" mode.
This state of alert causes us to perceive almost everything in our world as a possible threat to our survival. As such, we tend to see everyone and everything as a possible enemy. Like airport security during a terrorist threat, we are on the look out for every possible danger.

We may overreact to the slightest comment. Our fear is exaggerated. Our thinking is distorted. We see everything through the filter of possible danger. We narrow our focus to those things that can harm us. Fear becomes the lens through which we see the world.

We can begin to see how it is almost impossible to cultivate positive attitudes and beliefs when we are stuck in survival mode. Our heart is not open. Our rational mind is disengaged. Our consciousness is focused on fear, not love.

Making clear choices and recognizing the consequences of those choices is unfeasible."

Seven years ago, a lot of people got really scared by an event that will be remembered long after our short life times. And those who would rule us by fear were given the ultimate weapon.

A people who cannot cultivate positive attitudes and beliefs, whose rational minds are disengaged, whose consciousness is focused on fear, and not love are destined to make their fears, their reality.

And here is Palin in her ABC interview:

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn't we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally.

War with Russia?

That's the real Ground Zero.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How closely fear is allied with ignorance. It is a bully's tool.


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