Humans are fragile creatures that are easily broken. We fear what we do not understand, such as things that are not of the norm for our culture or society, and we fear the unknown. We fear being hurt by others, we fear being hurt by inanimate objects and events. Fear is a barrier, from what we know and our precious comfort zones, it divides us from that and the expansion of progress. Back when America was first being developed, everyone wanted western expansion to gain more territory for the country but there were some obstacles. Natives and wild animals inhabited the land, and it was wild and uncharted. They must have been scared, but this exploration was necessary for progress. Some fear, however, is made up in the minds of the population. “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”
I think this comment is a perfect answer! I liked the example you used because it makes me look back at what America was and now look what a great country it has now become! It is a great example showing that nothing can be made better if there is no progress and no progress with out any fear.
Ava, the quote you used "There is nothing to fear but fear itself" is wonderful!! I agree with you when you say that fear is a barrier from what we know because fear truly can be gotten rid of if we knock those walls inside of us down. This is a really great answer to this blog!
The quote that you included at the end of your blog post sums up the essence of this assignment and I really enjoyed reading your take on the question.
I think that this was a well constructed answer and you answered the question with great detail. I agree with everything you said about the fear humans have and how it is a barrier. Also, the quote you used was a good quote for your answer. I think you brought this all together nicely. Good Job! :)
An absolutely brilliant response, and one with which I completely agree. Fear truly is a barrier that keeps us from going out of our comfort zone. We, as humans, are practically programmed to have a fear of the unknown. Written in our histories, as well as before written records, our ancestors have feared the unknown and the abnormal. A scientific way to think of this is by thinking of survival of the fittest--those who are dusted with ghostly pallor or sunken eyes are generally sick, ridden with disease (especially in ancient times). The fears we have today, brought into our minds through horror stories and movies, are all based off of certain terrifying features that make us panic and strike fear into us innately, even if we don't realise it. An absolutely lovely response, Ava; brilliant job.
Ava, poignant response. Rylee, thank you for your follow up comment. I had never considered that idea of innate fear. I learn something new everyday with my sophomores!
I completely agree with this response. This makes you wonder where we would be, had America’s pioneers not faced their fears and explore unchartered territories.
I agree with the quote you posred. The example you used to show to explain your reasoning was very insightful.
Fear is not knowing the unknown and humans are afraid of not knowing what could come of something. An example is standing in front of a soccer ball that is about to be kicked. Many people will duck because most people think injury could be the result but not if people know the right way to body it. Fear can be over come.It is just whether someone has the strength to see what will happen if the action is followed through with. This is a problem in a civilization because fear is all allusion standing in the way of progress and results. Many people get caught up with fear of not going over and beyond for the good of a society. Civilizations take hard work to form and fear of not having a good society can destroy it. Beung afraid to do something just because one does not know the outcome puts a civilization in a place where it can crush.
This answer makes a very good point! People let their fears get the best of them and keep them away from progress and results such as accomplishing their dreams. Also, I liked how you brought up the topic of how civilizations cannot thrive without hard work and taking chances that can be turned away by fear. Without taking a chance on a new law or regulation, you will never know what the outcome could be. Countless lives could be saved, but because someone was scared of failure and didn't bring up their idea, no one would know about it. Civilizations need leadership and if no one is brave enough to try it, nothing can get accomplished.
Sam I really enjoyed how you used the example of standing in front of a soccer ball. You showed that even though it is a simple action to do, there are two different perspectives on it. I also really like how you said fear is all allusion standing in the way of progress and results. It really makes me think how fear is just imagined and not actually there.
I agree with your soccer analogy of how fear can be overcome if people simply worked on how to confront it properly. It is very insightful.
She posses a very good example of fear, the soccer. There are many times when the same thing happened to me. Comparing it to a civilization is a stroke of genius. Have a good day and good comments.
This is a great response! The example you used really makes me think, and i think it sums up the paragraph nicely.
I like your allusion you put in here. The soccer soccer ball allusion and how it relates to fear in a society. I agree with you completely... Fear does affect a society majorly especially when it comes to success.
People as a whole in a society, or civilization in general, are fearful. The definition of fear is an unpleasant feeling caused by the thought of danger, pain, or being nervous about something, and all people have inner apprehension for something in their lives. Civilians are fragile when it comes to fear, which can be controlling, causing a person to make or not make certain decisions. Though being afraid of certain items or situations in life is normal, there comes a point where fear knocks a person down and the person is so weak that they cannot overcome their fright. The greatest fear within a society lies within the unknown, such as certain cultures and practices that a society is not exposed to regularly. Being fragile when it comes to fear is something a society must overcome. We cannot build ourselves or be able to face our fears without the strength to work through those problems. For example, in the 1950’s and 1960’s there was racial discrimination in the South, and young African-American boys and girls began to go to school with white kids. Many parents feared that their children would not work well with students of color, pulling them out of school and forcing them to stay away from the African-Americans. There was no reason to fear the students of color; they just wanted an education like every other student. Society was able to break down that wall of discrimination and fear, which has led to the construction of an integrated lifestyle. The treatment of people of color has been a positive 180-degree flip from 60 years ago to today. Though civilization was fragile during that time, they built up their strength and were able to get over their fears and learn a new lifestyle. "To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.” - Richie Norton
I think it was a good idea to bring in our nation's history in this answer as a way to explain what fear truly does to a society like our own once was. Also, I liked the way how you told us how we managed to get through the fear and how it made us a better society as a whole.
I agree completely with you here. I like how you say that even though fear is evident in all of us, you can't let it overwhelm you. And the example of racial discrimination in the 50s and 60s was very good too. America was fragile during those times and could not handle anything else very well. The quote also really fit well with what you were saying. You do have to really take on fear itself to totally overcome it.
Bringing up the racial integration into Southern schools is a good example of how often times people fear things for no other reason than that they don't understand what they are afraid of. Fears such as these can prevent a civilization from becoming successful. Innovation does not occur by repeating the steps of prior generations, but by exploring new ideas. However, fear can also be a good thing in some cases. If humans did not have fear, they would have no reason to be careful, which could end in unpleasant ways. If people did not fear getting hit by cars, and therefore walked across highways without looking, they could get killed.
The example that was used here seems to be very relevant to the question at hand. I especially enjoyed the end quote that you used, for I believe that it is very true that in order to get over a fear of something, you must work through it and not simply ignore it.
I totally agree with you here. The example of racial discrimination in the 50's and 60's was very good. America was weak during those times and was difficult to handle things. Also it was a good idea to bring in our nations history.
Whether it be spiders, snakes, or something else, everyone is afraid of something. And these fears, however petty they may be, can lead to the downfall of civilization. Civilization is like an unarmed deer roaming wild in the woods, having a grand ole time, waiting for fear, the hunting man, well-equipped with a bow and arrow to take it down. It is almost ironic because fear is what needs to be feared. The power of that feeling of being scared is sooooooo much stronger and more influential to one's actions than the object that is being feared. Fear causes a lack of trust. If someone tells us that we should be scared of someone, and they have some decently legitimate reasoning to back it up, we are probably going to fear that person even if we trust them. When this fear becomes widespread, no one trust anyone and everything breaks down. Next to nothing can get done if everyone is too busy being scared of everyone else. The fact that everyone has different fears can make it extremely difficult to counteract these fears. The feeling of fear can get to be incurable and penetrate the deepest, darkest depths of civilization.
I agree with your assessment of fear being the emotion that we should be most afraid of. As Franklin Roosevelt stated " the only thing we have to fear is fear itself because of what fear and apprehension breeds: distrust, skepticism, and disloyalty. Your response was informative while having a significant amount of enjoyment:)
I agree with you, Jacob, when you said that "everyone is afraid of something". I also believe that no one can be completely fearless; it is just simply impossible. Fear is something that has always been part of us. It keeps us alive, but it also stops progress. Like you said, people can't get anything done if they can't trust the people around them. Therefore, this is a great answer Jacob.
The idea that fear is the one thing to be afraid of is sound. The quote there is nothing to fear but fear itself is one of the most widespread sayings ever stated. As well the qualification of fear to disease is very intelligent as fear can be a disease as it festers and grows if not treated.
Fear is a tricky idea, but it is right to be cautious of it. As you said we should be scared of fear. It was also a good point saying that it is hard to counteract fear, as everyone fears different things. The ideas you have are sound and I never thought of it that way. Good job.
While I understand the point you were making, even with the sloppy text lingo. I have to disagree. Too much fear can drive a civilization into the ground, but "petty fears" as you called them are part of the reason many of us are still alive. While some people would call a fear of spiders irrational if no one had this fear the death by spiders would most likely increase. You fear to fight a man that is stronger than you for the simple fact that you will probably end up in a hospital. These are just examples, the theory applies to many other things. Fears are fears for a reason, they keep us safe.
Fear is a force that has the power to control people. Many fears are unwarranted such as the fear of harmless things such as the dark, or tight spaces such as elevators. These fears are not the type that actually have any effect on society, but are key to realizing that many fears are based less on fact than reality. However, there are also things that people fear that will cause great harm, or even cost them their lives. During the H1N1 outbreak a few years ago, there were many people who would not leave their house in fear of catching the disease. These are realistic fears, but still people must not allow them to control their decisions. If more people had participated in this hiding away it could have lead to an economic and/or governmental collapse. Fear is also often used as a tool of control. In Ancient China, the emperors would kill subjects who disobeyed them so other citizens would fear their wrath and therefore follow orders. During World War II, people in London would hide indoors for fear that the German planes would return and drop more bombs. With London unable to function this lead to great instability in the nation. Fear is the most effective tool for control. If told that a deadly plague had been released in Oxford, how many would still leave their houses? The only way to counter fear is to face it head on. Often times, after confronting their fears, one will find that there was no reason to fear in the first place. However, there is always the chance that the situation is just as bad, or even worse than one thought, which is the reason fear is such a powerful force
I agree with you that fear is what controls people! It drives them to make their every decision! As you said facing fear is the only way to conquer it, awesome answer!
Civilization is built upon fear and is one of the main causes which a civilization is built. People require safety and a sense of mind so they form into civilizations to gain protection and safety in numbers. The more fear that is going through a civilization the better it becomes for that group of people due to the fact that now they will be more loyal to the rulers of the civilization so that they will be kept safe from whatever dangers may come their way. This became the case in The Lord of the Flies, due to how Jack managed to rise up into power. He made the boys fear for the beast and then gained their trust and respect. This of course had a drastic affect over the power Ralph had over the boys because of how, to them, he failed to protect them and Jack seemed to be a much better ruler and leader. When Jack showed how he was a better person to protect them all from the beast they all reluctantly joined him. Leaving Ralph with the few boys who still trusted them, and felt that he would be a better choice.
I agree with you on how a leader can use fear to his advantage, and how a common fear can bring people together under you, just like what you referenced to in Lord of the Flies.
I think that using the idea that fear can control people, as in Lord of the Flies, was an excellent example. Therefore, people can use fear to their advantage by toying with others' emotions.
Fear controls everything in a civilization. If the leader of a civilization says he wants to do something with the his people, and the citizens are not willing to go and do it, it's because they are afraid of what's going to happen or what will end up of it. You always have to think about the "fear factor" and if people would be willing to be brave enough to do what you want to do. If you have very fearful citizens, then the whole civilization would become extremely fragile and anything that scares the people will cause the civilization to crumble. But, if the people are brave and trusting, then you would have a thriving civilization. A good example of this is when America was first being built and founded. If the citizens weren't brave enough to join the military and the fight for independance, we would all have British accents. If everyone was fearful that they were going to die, nothing would be like it is. We would have been wide open to enemy invasion. But since they did join the military, we got our independence and built a thriving country. Fear would have caused the ultimate demise for any our civilization.
Andrew, I like the connection you made with the American Revolution. It showed how brave citizens were to join the army and how fear would have affected them in making the decision. I also found it quite humorous when you stated that we would all have British accents. Good job!
I agree that fear can be used as a tool to control people, but I also like the way you added that it helps bring people together as well. Those are two very important factors of fear is society.
Fear is a characteristic that exists in some form within every human and is prevalent in many societies. Fear is often used to control and manipulate decisions made by the people of a community. This instillation of fright helps prevent opposition, however, with this method there are no improvements being made in the progression of that society. Fear breeds stagnation not innovation. There are some instances where fear overwhelms an individual or group and it is very difficult to recover from it. In Lord of the Flies the boys fear the creatures and mysteries that lurk in the crevices of the island. Jack takes advantage of the choir boys’ fearful state and dangles that idea, engulfing them in fear, giving himself authority over them. He also uses the act of punishments for what he believes are “wrongdoings.” Although what Jack may order the boys to do is immoral and wrong, nobody opposes, avoiding conflict to make sure they stay safe. Many countries in the Middle East have a structured society in which citizens are anxious because their lives are in jeopardy on a daily basis. This daily apprehension helps some gain control of individuals, however people are afraid to put forth their opinions because of the repercussions that may follow. As a result, no advancement is made in that society and it fails to thrive. In contrast the United States uses fear in a different manner. After the tragic events of 9/11, the people of the U.S. feared that other attacks on the country could occur. Instead of letting the fear affect them in a negative manner, the United States used that terrible attack to improve the country in any way possible to allow the citizens to feel they are in a safer environment. The terror did not isolate the citizens it united them. Stricter security in airports and work buildings as well as a greater presence of law enforcement have provided protection and has allowed the United States to advance, even after the catastrophic moments in history. Other countries try to use fear as a tool to make others listen to their ideology, however this ends up creating an unstable society that shows no sign of improvements and will not prosper.
Well-articulated points and strong evidence. Excellent job, Julia!
Julia, I agree with you on the fact that fear is used to manipulate many people. I also agree with you on the fact that no advancement is made when fear is involved. I also like how you used 9/11 as an example of how people overcame the fear and used it to an advantage to improve the country.
I agree with you. I like the way you brought in an example from Lord of the Flies with Jack using fear to manipulate the choir boys about the "beastie". I also like the 9/11 example as a rare example of fear being a force for good, as well as evil. That reminds me of parents telling their children that their is a monster in the woods, or something like that, to keep them safe from getting lost.
People are scared to conquer their fears. Therefore, the fear people have inside themselves prevents construction and progress within their lives and society. People are often scared of failure and change. Both of these fears must be conquered as they are essential to success. People must branch outside their comfort zones otherwise they will never know what they could do and what can make them happy. Civilians are fragile due to their fears which keeps them away from challenges and obstacles that can lead to their success and make them stronger. They see fear as destruction because they are scared that their dreams will be destroyed. The fear within people eat away at them until they become physically and mentally destroyed, showing how people are fragile against their fears.
Fear is the darkness that traps all living existences in an invisible cage. It poisons minds and bodies, pushing away the faith and bravery. Fear is the emotion that everyone feels, whether they are an animal or human. It is the chilling sensation that emerges when one is confronting danger in the face. No one can escape from this unknown nightmare, but some overcome it by performing what they are afraid to accomplish. Fear prevents construction and progress only because we let it possess our souls; most of us are too weak to conquer the horrors that haunt us every passing minute. Public speaking is one of the many qualities society has yet mastered because some individuals are too petrified to speak with so many eyes from the audience judging their words and movements. Humans also fear failure because they don’t want to disappoint others. It is difficult to “do their best” once a person feels the pressure of the expectations others set for them. Like pain and misery, humans tend to avoid this negative feeling. They need others to approve of them in order to justify their existence; they need to feel REAL. So, in order to be accepted, people tend to crawl after the ideas of others (fitting in with the society) and striving to achieve their (the society’s) expectations. Finally, mortals like humans or any other creatures are frightened by the unknown. The unknown is vast, unidentified, and inexperienced; it is something no one can control yet. Without the ability to control, humans lose the qualification to manipulate the results. They can no longer predict what is going to happen next, and that void is filled with fear.
I do understand what you are saying but what I do not get is how fear stops construction and progress in a civilization. You keep saying how it affects people individually but you do not say how fear affects the civilization as a whole.
I really liked the imagery you used in your response! - "Fear is the darkness that traps all living existences in an invisible cage. It poisons minds and bodies, pushing away the faith and bravery." That's what really pulled me into your paragraph. I also agree with your examples, that people fear failure, pain, and the unknown. Overall, a very impactful and resonating point of view.
The dictionary definition of fear is that it is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil and pain; whether the threat is real or imagined it is the feeling or condition of being afraid. People, especially in civilizations and societies, fear what they cannot change or stop. People fear what is unknown. Fear can and will be used against people or civilians because it changes their better judgement. It is used to control many people because it can drive them to do things that keep them out of the way of their fears. Whether it's bugs or heights, most people will do things to keep them away from either bugs or heights. Fear is the enemy of civilizations because by even threatening people with a specific fear it can cause them to do things they would not normally submit to. Fear controls people. It can divide civilizations and cause changes among trust for instance. Without having trust in other people, humans can't band together. Without humans banding together, there would be no societies and no order. Humans are fragile and if their fragility is broken, then hardly if any progress can be made. Wars and out breaks can be one of the many fears among people in societies which can cause people to act out and panic in certain situations which can lead to deaths and from there more fear. Those certain situations and even more so can be the reason a society or a civilization falling apart. Becoming fearless is impossible but humans themselves have learned/have to still how to control the fear and to be free from it.
Sydney, your comment has successfully answered the following question Mrs. Elabkry left for us. I feel that your argument was strong and I completely agree with your opinion. The paragraph you wrote flowed and incorporated many example which only supported your claim. Well done! :)
Fear is a four letter word that people used when describing minuscule phobias, like spiders and ghosts, but through a much larger lens, fear is a factor of civilization that can drive people to stop evolution and progress. In itself, fear can make one person paranoid and insane, could you even imagine what it would be like to have an entire group of people fearing every minute of their lives? Society thrives on the division of jobs, and everyone coming together to face whatever is next in their journey. The downfall of society is what lies in the unknown, for the unknown is what causes people to fear. Once one person is living in fear, the fear spreads and when it spreads, trust and faith within society and others seem to vanish. Then, everything crumbles. While there are many examples of how fear can take over and diminish a civilization in real life, in the Lord of the Flies there seem to be many relatable and great examples. While on the island, the boys who inhabit it discover and believe that there is a "beastie," who lives on the island to terrorize them. Before two of the younger boys say something about the Beast, all of the boys create their own civilization which runs very smoothly. The boys separate the tasks and use a conch shell as the symbol of power. However, once the Beast becomes known, everything crumbles. The boys become savages only driven by fear and the need to survive. This is only one example of how fear drives the boys to do terrible things (like killing two of "their own"). Fear is something that impacts everyone, whether they admit it or not.
I agree with you Kelly about your first point how fear is relative through the scope in which one looks at it. It puts our daily fears in perspective and gives us and insight into the struggles of others. Your reference to the beastie was also quite insightful and fun to read. Well done.
There is a quote about fear that goes, "Everything you want is on the other side of fear." This statement ties along with the reason for a fragile civilization. If the citizens are not able to get over fear, no progress will be made. A great example of this is in the book, The Lord of The Flies. The entire tribe of boys were fearful of this mysterious 'beast' that lived in the woods. Therefore, they were not able to spend more time exploring the island for valuable resources to help them survive and get off the island quicker. They were considered their own small civilization that was very fragile because they were under the power of fear. This power of fear can also be seen in the civilization of one person. Everyone is afraid of something, some more serious than others. For instance, an individual may have the fear of getting hurt physically which does not allow them to participate in any type of activity. They let fear rule their lives. The quote said before explains that once this fear is gone, the best is yet to come. If the boys on the island got over the fear of the 'beast' which was only a pig's head, nothing harmful, sooner, the endings could have been different for everyone. Or someone getting over the fear of becoming hurt physically might find out they have a special talent in the activity or it could become a fun past time. No one knows the outcome of an action until it is already done. Being fearful of new things is something humans will always do because they are creatures of habit. But the main point is to overcome these fears so life may go on.
The quote that you used was excellent. It shows that fear can stop people from doing amazing things. Saying how people fear new things is very relatable and gets your point across that overcoming fear is something necessary to life.
It is not war, famine, nor economic instability that causes a civilization to collapse upon itself most times. The most common reason for a civilization's downfall is fear, whether it be of the unknown, something about to happen or simply fear of their fellow citizens. When confronted with something that is not easily understood, civilization often develops irrational conclusions as to its nature. A great example of this is how in the novel the Lord of the Flies the boys determine among themselves that the beast is a fearsome, terrible monster in the island not to be trifled with when it is in reality a part of them all. Also in the novel, the boys show how people's fear of what is to happen can lead them to savagery just so they can maintain a feeling of security. This aspect of human nature was portrayed in the novel when Jack formed his separate, barbaric yet safer tribe apart from Ralph's original civilized tribe in fear that Ralph could not protect the boys from the beast. Besides the novel the Lord of the Flies, there are many real world examples of how people's fear of one another can lead to unecessary death and bloodshed. During the Holocaust, millions of Jews were killed by the Nazi Party because they feared that they would take over their country if they were allowed to live. This is a great example of how fear of one another can lead to a whole civilizations downfall; Nazi Germany was defeated shortly after this terrible event by the Allies. If irrational fear did not exist in the world, many third world countries would be prosperous nations and countless lives would have been spared over the course of history.
Fear exists in all humans and aspects of nature. There are many different versions or ways fear can be interpreted. One may have the simple fear of snakes, spiders, or heights which develop as one grows and is exposed to these. Fear is something that grows inside of us and surrounds us. Fear is a part of every civilization and is what controls humans. The greatest fear that lives within people is the fear of the unknown. Not knowing what is going to happen two minutes from now or fifty years from now is fear itself. Laurell K. Hamilton said, "fear will keep you alive; indifference won't." She is saying that fear is what keeps people going every day and is a part of each person in a civilization control their every decision because they are scared of the outcomes of the unknown. Civilizations are weak in comparison to fear because nothing can control the fear living inside each and every one of us that taunts us in everything we do.
I completely agree with you. Fear of the unknown overpowers any other possible fear. The quote you used also supported your point really well.
Great concluding statement! It really captures the reality of how futile humans' resistance to their most primal instincts and emotions is.
Your point about fear being a motivator is very true. For many people, fear of failure is what drives their successes.
As Civilization advances the spread of fear becomes less likely but more destructive. This is because all the stone and infrastructure we build around us gives a false sense of security. This is because when fear takes hold its destructive fungus almost impossible to eradicate. And once fear takes root it spreads like wild fire. It slowly destructuralizes all around us and knocks it down. In the case of the 9/ 11 terrorist attacks on the twin towers while the loss of 3,000 was tragic more harm was done by the fear that took root in the country. We still feel the effects today when visiting other areas through airports, the long standing wars in the middle east, and a reverberation is felt as the slightest provocation our country will go on lockdown. What kept our country from destruction was the need for justice which keeps fear at bay for the time being. To this day we rely on this in every form of the word to give us some sanity
Fear, the one thing that no civilization is safe against. Any civilization can be considered “fragile” when up against fear, and it is understandable why this is true. We can say a civilization is like an airtight glass vase, beautiful and fragile, with fear coming in the form of a hammer, dangling above the vase by a string. If the string breaks, the hammer falls and creates a crack in the vase. The air around the vase rushes in like the desire of rebellion and war. Both the vase and civilization are cracked and broken. Some leaders use fear as the main tool in the manipulation of its citizens. When one tiny fissure is revealed in the armor of the government, the people will charge at it, trying to break free of the governments rule. This leads to civil war weakening the nation and allowing a neighboring country to just walk up and claim the country as its own, destroying the original civilization. Another clear cut example of fear taking grip of a civilization is when word spreads throughout a civilization of a rebellion, and the government’s leader takes drastic measures to quell it. This action can result in a group of innocent civilians getting killed, ultimately raising all the people’s fear for their way of life.
Fear is an emotion that all people have. Fear can be used to control us. One of the main fears that people have is fear of the unknown. No one knows what is going to happen in the future. How do you know that in the next minute you could trip and fall and break a bone? Fear of the unknown scares people. Also, there are other fears such as the fear of bugs or the fear of ghosts or other scary things. If someone is scared, then they will do whatever it takes so nothing bad will happen. Terrorist attacks can make people live in fear as well. There have been many attacks on the US such as 9/11, Fort Hood, Pearl Harbor, as well as others. People live in fear everyday that there may be more terrorist attacks. People could get injured or killed, or maybe even a good friend or family member could get hurt. Fear can control a civilization. In Lord of the Flies, Jack inflicts fear into his tribe so that they don't leave them. He tells them that the beast is still out there, even if they already killed "the beast". By inflicting fear into them, he is controlling them and making them stay with him instead of leaving. Fear is something that all people share and it can control anyone.
Fear is a word that is used to describe the feeling we get when we are scared. whether someone is scared of a spider, or small spaces or heights, it doesn't matter. When most, not all, people are scared they lose their ability to function properly. For example, if a persons job was to design blueprints for buildings they could do it efficiently without breaking a sweat. However, if that very same person happened to be claustrophobic, and he was told to do his job the exact same way he has always done it, except his new office space is a janitors closet 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, I can almost guarantee he wouldn't be able to work. HIs mind would be to preoccupied to do his job, instead he would be busy thinking of all the terrible things that might happen. everyone has their own special fear and when they're in an environment that surrounds them with whatever they're scared of they are unable to function properly. The worse part about fear is that very rarely can it ever be controlled. It may be overcome but the only way to control someone's fear is to put the thought of something even worse in their heads. For example if a person was drafted into the military and they were afraid of war and wanted to desert, the only way to control him and keep him from deserting is to make him be even more afraid of what would happen to him if he did desert. That is why fear can play such a huge factor in the downfall of civilizations.
There is fear of many things, whether it be spiders, snakes, or anything else, people as a whole in a society are fearful. Fear is an uncomfortable feeling caused by the thought of danger, pain, or being nervous about something, and all people have inner fear for something in their lives. All societies are fragile when it comes to fear, which can control them. When fear knocks a person down, being afraid of things is normal, which may cause them to not get back up and face their fear. The greatest fear within a society is within the unknown. Overcoming fear is something a society must do because they then become fragile which allows nothing to function. Fear will chew you up and spit you unless you man up and face your fear. It's like in soccer, when the goalie punts out the ball and you are afraid to head it because you think it hurts. But you don't know this yet because you haven't tried it. In society, if you break down that obstacle of fear you can accomplish almost anything.
In a civilization, fear is usually a factor that is either not taken into consideration or is used for control and power. For instance, Jack, in The Lord of the Flies, used the beast to keep fear alive within the boys and used it to control them. The boys at that point looked up to Jack as a protector and leader. Had Jack let them think that when they killed Simon they also killed the beast, he would have never been able to grab power from Ralph and contort it into his own. On the other hand, earlier in the book, Ralph had told the boys that the beastie was not real. He dismissed their fear and made himself look weak as a leader. Maybe if Ralph had looked into the fact that the boys were scared and understood the problem he would have been seen as the adult figure that the boys craved subconsciously. All in all, fear, when uncontrolled, can destroy a civilization but when it is reined in, it can the sigil of power.
“Always do what you are afraid to do.” Although this quote may be looked upon as preposterous, it as a different meaning as well. That is, to succeed, you must overcome what you are afraid of. In a civilization, whether your fears may come from an animal attack, a sudden influenza, or even just a mind-battered leader, you must be able to overcome it. “Fear is the enemy for civilization." Push it aside, forget about it, and do everything you must to subside your fears and push forward. Because if you allow fear to control you, you will never succeed and progress anywhere. Martin Luther King, an activist and leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement, was able to conquer his fears. By being able to stand in front of a crowd without cowering, and otherwise doing everything possible to fight against the living thoughts of African Americans, he succeeded in his goals. Any normal person would not have been able to do what MLK has without leaving behind the fears that live inside them.
Deep inside the labyrinth of the human unconscious lies the most primitive and instinctual feeling. Within this group resides fear, or the state of being uncomfortable from a certain object, or from being in a stressful situation. Fear can be one of the most detrimental ideas to the notion of progress and innovation in civilization.This because of fears harmful side-effects, impeding decision making and creating momentary lapses in reason. Civilization is prone to these mistakes because of the people that inhabit its confides. It is merely their nature as human beings to be susceptible to the concept of fear. In the words of Benjamin Disraeli "Fear makes us feel our humanity". This shows that it naught matter how hard we try to escape it for fear is a part of us and therefore part of society.
Humans, by nature, are fragile creatures. As intelligent as we may be, psychologically, we can be ripped into millions of pieces by even the smallest comment or action that disagrees with our psyche. If that can happen to one human being, imagine what it would be like to live in a situation in which one is surrounded by many in the same mental state. It can lead to the demise of a civilisation of hundreds, if not thousands. The most brilliant of minds have been corrupted by fear. "Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power" (John Steinbeck). The latter quote can be proven in "Lord of the Flies" with one of our main characters, Jack. He was so paranoid and fearful of losing power that he became madly obsessed with not only keeping the hold he had, but with gaining more power through manipulation.
Fear is inescapable, and it’s impossible to hide from it. Civilizations often fear what will happen in the future, because, like many people say, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” After 9/11, the United States was utterly terrified. No one knew if this was just a single attack, or if it was just the beginning. Even after everything died down and people resumed their daily lives, there was still fear of not knowing if there would be another terrorist attack. To this day, we still do not know what is going on in other countries, and whether or not it will affect us. We simply have to carry on and try to push our worries to the backs of our minds. On the other hand, knowing what inevitably will happen in the future can also cause uneasiness. It brings out the worst in humans, and pushes them to do things they wouldn’t normally do. In Shakespeare’s story of Macbeth, the king hears of a prophecy from three witches. After learning what his future holds, he attempts to kill anybody that endangers his position as king; fearful that he will be murdered or overthrown. Macbeth’s fear and paranoia results in his murder by Macduff. Knowing exactly what was destined to happen to him paralyzed him with terror, and made him turn on people that were once so close to him.
Rachel, I love a good Shakespeare allusion. Nicely done.
It said that it is better to be feared than loved. However, leaders that have used this tactic usually run corrupt, oppressive societies. Fear causes civilization to crumble out beneath the citizens feet due to sheer panic. In Lord of the Flies, it was fear that caused their civilization to crumble. When Jack kept them in his tribe in fear of the beast, all sense of real life was abandoned in fear of this one thing. Due to this, they ended up killing two people and almost a third. Ralph, however, dismissed the idea that the beast existed, and all things were kept in order. In the real world, fear is what runs some countries. However, these countries are hardly civilization. In most Middle Eastern countries, it is not safe to walk on the streets. There are often shootings and bombings, making it unsafe to inhabit. Due to this, there is no stable civilization existing. Fear is the enemy of civilization.
Even the strongest of people are affected by fear. Though it's cause is subjective, fear has a way of controlling everyone. Those who are afraid become consumed by their fear and do their best to avoid it. Likewise, a civilization is just as vulnerable. If a group of people are all under the influence of fear, there is no way their society will maintain order. They will self destruct from their own paranoia. For example, in Lord of the Flies, the boy's mutual fear of the beast led them to kill Simon. They couldn't control their actions, and ended up brutally murdering an innocent boy. Fear limits progress and promotes insanity.
Fear can instigate both progression and inhibition. It is the most basic and primal human emotion, as it is central to self preservation. It is commonly used as a method to control large groups of people, as well as individuals. When a civilization is controlled by fear it is effective, yet detrimental. Although it can keep an entire nation in a death grip, it can only do so for so long. Eventually, the fear will lead to revolution, collapse, or both. In the modern world, fear is only very obviously used to control less developed countries. In more "civilized" areas, it is better disguised. Many hold the belief that various terrorist attacks were staged by the United States government in order to foster xenophobia and hate. With the justification of these two types of fear, the U.S. was able to invade the Middle East, and protect their oil assets there. No matter how far humanity may progress, fear, power, and control will always come hand in hand.
Everyone has fear whether it is irrational or rational. Rational fear keeps us away from dangerous situations and protects us from things that can hurt us. Irrational fear can cause all kinds of problems. Fear is at the root of all behavioral issues. Psychologically people can over obsess about their fears and become insane. In Massachusetts, 1692, the Salem Witch trials occurred. It was a series of prosecutions of individuals who were accused of being witches and using witchcrafts. The accusers had this irrational fear that people, who had different religions, were the witches. The churches and townspeople would execute the women who they thought to be witches. They became violent as a defense for this irrational fear.
Fear is often a tactic used by people to ensure that they have control over others. Recently, we have seen the ISIS terrorist group use fear to force the Christians and other minorities to convert to Islam. They were told to convert or die. So, many of the Christians in Iraq have fled the country. In this situation, fear has torn the country apart. Militants are in the streets burning mosques and performing other acts of violence. As a result, many Iraqis are staying indoors. This type of extreme fear breaks down a civilization. It does not create an environment where people can make improvements and create a better life for their families. It puts people in survival mode. This is similar to what we saw with the boys in the Lord of the Flies. Fear was a common theme throughout the novel which caused the complete breakdown of civilization among the boys on the island.
Justin, you had a great response, and I agree with you 100% on your opinion. I just wanted to add that the United States is using fear in the issue of terrorism as well, to a certain degree. The media has fed the American people with panic and insecurity for a long time on this topic, swaying the public opinion to favor attacks against terrorist groups. Don't get me wrong, terrorists are absolute animals, but the American people are so blinded by their fear of them that we're a bit too comfortable with the idea of going in, guns-blazing, even though recent history has definitely shown that there are better and smarter alternatives to fight ISIS and others. We need to be very rational when it comes to this issue, as our actions could potentially lead to greater problems down the road if they're influenced by fear.
Fear is an emotion that all organisms experience when they feel a threat to their physical or emotional security. A gazelle is afraid of a lion because it values its physical state of being alive. A politician is afraid of failure because their emotional sanity may be compromised by the ridicule or career setbacks that they will face. Because everyone is afraid of something, and often times let that fear influence their lives and their choices, fear can be a very destructive force to civilization. Fear can control, manipulate, and change people into beings they would have never thought they could have become. All the destructive forces in civilization - bribes, blackmail, tyranny, the black market, drugs, prostitution, etc - are all caused by some sort of fear. Fear for lack of resources. Fear for a loosened grip on power. Fear of poverty. A good example of this is in the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins . The people in the 12 districts were oppressed because their government was too overbearing on their everyday lives. The government decided what profession the people would pursue, where they could live, and even which two people from each district would be part of a annual killing arena. Because President Snow was afraid that he would loose his grasp on Panem, and because its citizens were too afraid to do anything, fear forced civilization to take a very dark, destructive path.
Jay, great response. I love how you've used so many examples to prove your point. I especially liked how you incorporated the Hunger Games into your response so eloquently.
Fear is what can make or break a whole society. It controls every person and drives us to make our decisions in life. Civilizations can crumble under the presence of fear, as it is an intimidating force that comes upon us. Civilizations are especially weak to fear when it comes to opinions. Self expression and opinions are two things that civilians need to embrace and express, but are too afraid to do so. When civilians try to express themselves and show their personality, society brings them down and tells them what is and isn't okay to think. A prime example of how fear can bring together or break apart the people in a civilization is gay marriage. This is a very controversial topic, and many are afraid to share their opinions on this topic in fear that other civilians will tell them what they believe is wrong and shun them for it. Many gay couples try to hide their love for their partner in fear that the people amongst the civilization will not accept them, and personally that is the wrong way to live. The topic also causes arguments amongst everyone, splitting the people up and generally breaking down the flow of a civilization. People should not be afraid to express themselves or their opinions in fear of what others will say. Fear is not what we need to overcome, it's how we go about fear and how we handle it.
Fear can destroy a civilization by forcing people to react without thinking. People act irrationally out of fear, doing things they would normally never do. Because of this, when fear affects a society, the people as well as the leader act rashly, often making poor decisions.
Fear is a characteristic that can range from moderate to extreme. Moderate fear would be the fear of heights, spiders, or even the dark. People can either grow out of or can live with fear during their entire lifetime. Extreme fear leads to decision making that can drastically affect a civilization as a whole. Fear can also affect the way a person acts in society. Civilization is constructed with either an idea of fear in mind when controlling the government or with the idea that the government will protect its people. In Ancient times, and even to this day, there are/were a variety of nations that used fear to control its citizens. The fear of being killed exists in everyone and people will obey the rulers that threaten them with their lives in order to protect themselves and their families. The idea that the government is protecting its people during a war or some sort of scrimmage can keep citizens in line. With this fear, governments would not need to fear a revolt within a nation, which could possibly lead to an economic downfall in the near future. Civilizations use fear in positive and negative ways in order to control its people. In the book, The Lord of the Flies, Jack was able to convince most of the boys on the island to join his group, knowing that they would want the protection of the hunters on their side. Even after Jack and the boys killed “the beast,” he still convinced them to remain in his group, fearing that the beast wasn’t dead. This sort of fear is instilled in every human and they will do anything to stay safe and secure throughout their lives.
Society has always been exposed to fear in different forms. From the dawn of man to today, fear has always shaped the way humans think and act. Fear of the unknown, specifically, has been most successful in controlling its host’s thoughts, as history has demonstrated time and time again. The mass hysteria and panic generated by fear in Salem, Massachusetts, had led to the brutal killings of innocent people accused as witches. There are several possible explanations as to why these women acted the way they did, ranging from psychological disorders to the need for attention, but it is basically a guarantee that there wasn’t any “witchcraft” involved. There were thousands of “witch” killing cases not unlike this one throughout the centuries, and some countries even execute innocent people on charges of sorcery today. Now, in some cases of fear leading to such horrible actions, the parties involved could genuinely have been unaware of their wrongdoing. However, there are plenty of times throughout history when fear has been utilized as a tool by governments to sway the opinions of citizens to back their causes. Take, for example, the Spanish-American War, in which newspapers had distorted and exaggerated details of stories coming out of the Spanish colonies near the U.S., making small skirmishes in Cuba out to be huge battles against the Spanish government. The false reporting on the sinking of the USS Maine had eventually led to troops being deployed in Cuba. Whether it is for profit, power, or any other sinister desire, fear has been and always will be the best method of human control.
There is no way to avoid the emotion of fear. It is buried deep within every human, which ultimately causes destruction and prevents any sort of progression. You can not run away from fear, it is a necessary characteristic to obtain. Fear is a characteristic that will either make the best of you or get the best of you. If someone knows your fears, they know your weaknesses. There is a quote form the book Divergent that states, "Fear doesn't shut you down it wakes you up." The main character Tris not only embraces her fears but ultimately controls them in order to live with the complicated life she was granted. As a result of this, Tris was hated because of her strange and many found her intimidating. Others could not simply grab ahold of their fears like she could. In the society Tris lived in, the people relied on the concept of fear in order to live; it decided what you were capable of as well as who you became. In real world societies, fear is used in order to control the people so they undertake the leader demands. For example, in Lord of the Flies, Jack, a choir boy who quickly turned complete savage, used the concept of fear to gain control of the hunters and other boy that chose to be in his group. In a small theory, the beast was an image to intimidate the small school boys and cause great scare in order to make Jack a tyrant. He used the uneasy feelings the boys had to dominate the group, which only caused more fear. The boys knew that between the beast scare and the savage that looked like Jack, they weren't going to act out against any of Jack's ideas, even if they were ludicrous. Fear will control the outcome of any situation
Civilizations depend immensely on the thoughts and actions of their people and leaders. When a person or group of people fears something, it can take over their thought process and distract them from reality. Fear can be so strong that it controls everything that happens in a civilization. This can be very destructive if leaders allow it to run through the entire society and terrorize their people. Leaders must handle their followers’ fears in the appropriate way for the situation in order to maintain unity and peace. For example, the United States has just experienced Ebola entering the country. Many people fear that the virus will spread very quickly if it gets out of hospitals. However, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is working closely with airports and airlines to ensure that the disease does not spread. They are trying to suppress American’s fear that Ebola will spread into a major outbreak. This fear cannot take over the country, for if it did, the U.S. would not run smoothly. People fear things for many different reasons, but in the end, most fear leads to negative thoughts and actions.
This is a little against the grain... Fear can be used many ways by civilization. When the topic "fear" is brought up many people instantly resort to the stereotypical answer that fear can only prevent construction and progress. This can be the case in some situations where a civilization is completely immobilized by fear but for many structures it is essential. In the case of Hitler when he took over Germany he used fear tactic to rule. What he did was in no way morally justified but it was a very effective way to rule Germany. When Hitler was in power Germany's economy thrived and was pulled out of a depression. He kept the citizens of Germany in fear of what would happen if they went against him, so many sided with him. If he didn't become power hungry and commit mass genocide it could have worked out well for Germany. This same tactic could be used in other civilizations. But, if you want citizens to feel empowered with rights like in the US fear could be a bad thing. It can suppress creativity that makes society a peaceful whole. Either way could be effective if used correctly.
Fear effects everyone and is available to all. Fear can be manipulated to connect with people and control others. When fear is manipulated in society by a leader it is primarily used to keep people under their control. The people will follow and listen to someone who is going to protect against a threat. After the attack on September 11, 2001, Americans had looked to George W. Bush for protection from what parts of society were in fear of terrorist attacks. Fear can also be used as a tool to bring people together through human instinct to survive. When people are in a situation where something is causing fear, then they will instinctively put aside any issues to do whatever it takes to survive. In the end when nobody is scared, there is a good chance that the people will see a difference in a person after helping them get through a fearful situation.
Fear is the most powerful weapon any dictator could have. In the past, dictators have used this weapon to control their people. Dictators that claim their countries are "democracies" have used fear to discourage other potential candidates from running or people from voting for anyone but them. Dictators such as Hitler have used fear to move masses, claiming that the Jews, for example, are taking German homes and jobs. The Germans were scared this was true, so they let the horrible things such as Kristallnacht happen. On a more fictitious note, there is a recurring theme in one of my favorite books that reminds me of this. Basically, the gist is that violence breeds fear, and fear breeds more fear, as one of the characters has a more violent way of dealing with things and uses violence and destruction to get what he wants, and one part even burning down houses. This, as one of the more rational characters believes, is just going to convince the public that they (in this case teenagers) are violent and destructive, and thus setting back people who actually want to peacefully make a difference even farther. Another example of this is certain animal rights organizations. They use fear to get what they want, but really, they just give the public reason to believe they are wrong. If the public is afraid of one extreme, they will go to the other extreme to attempt to make things right.
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