Houston Community College
November 12 2010
evaluation of Fear
What is fear ?
To be afraid apprehensive.(merriam-webster online)
Fear is a feeling you get in your stomach when you know something is about to happen whether you know the out come or not.It can be a feeling of uneasiness when a situation reminds you of something. It can be triggered by sounds,sight and smell.
How do we identify fear ?
It can be identified in many ways.It can be an uneasy feeling you get when you walk alone in a parking garage,it can be a noise you hear in the middle of the night.The feeling you get after watching a scary movie,but it can also be a thought after watching something on the news or hear certain news can bring about fear. Fear can be many things to different people. There is a part of your brain called that is solely for your survival called the reptilian brain. When you experience fear your reptilian brain goes into action and the rest of your brain shuts down(under one roof .net).
Fear takes on a new roll in society it no longer is the scary movie or a thump in the night. It becomes what we fear not only personally but as a society. Since 911 most of society has a different view of what we fear. Now we fear people who dress a certain way. Who speak a different language or has a particular name that is not like ours. Even local crimes like the kidnapping of a eight year old girl from her home(latimes.com). We also now fear losing jobs or even oil spills and what the weather may bring.
There has been incidents of violence against Muslims or people thought to be Muslims since 911 either as a direct attack or because they resemble what we think the attackers looked like or they are thought to be from the same country as the attackers. Some in our society act out even against places of worship like a mosque by spray painting words of discouragement and hate (Houston Chronicle 2009).Things like this is due to our fear of terrorism. Since 2001 the United Staes Of America has been in a campaign to rout out terrorism in Iraq. There has been other acts of terrorism The bombing of Oklahoma City where there now stands a memorial and museum to educate people about terrorism.Both of these incidents have created a fear that we can be attacked at any time any where.
We also fear the unknown when it comes to our economy. One of the glaring things that hit close to home was the fall of Enron. A company where hundreds of people worked and some even planned to retire from,was swept from under their feet without notice or warning. Leaving people without jobs,expected pensions,or any idea on what to do next. So even after working and saving for retirement these people were not safe from economic hardship(Chronicle 2001).There has been many jobs lost due to the economy and with lost jobs comes a cry for government to intervene with some type of help be-it jobs or aid. So we spend less in order to keep more money for a rainy day because of the unknown and that causes even more economic hardship because other businesses close due to the lack of sales.
Religion has always brought about fear in our society ranging back to before the birth of Christ.
Whether it be Judaism,Hinduism,Islam,Christianity and many others there has always been a fear associated with religion.Most of this comes from the fact that we do not all believe in the same God or teachings and that has brought about confrontations that have killed millions over the years. A reader asked on a dear abbey column what was society’s greatest problem and the answer was organized religion(Chicago tribune-2010). In an effort to be kind and basically good hearted we cling to our religious beliefs so that when we die we will go to what is believed heaven and if we live sinful lives and do not follow our teachings we go to hell.Whether any of this is true it is non the less...