Fear is without doubt one of the most basic drivers of human activity and it always has been. The all too often mentioned “fight or flight” response is only triggered by the realization of danger, which in turn generates fear. We have all been frightened in our lives, and we know how it feels.
Yet, for some reason, in Western societies we have slowly lost our primordial relationship to fear. The last collective fear in the West was that of nuclear war, which however was perceived as a rather abstract threat to the West, and pretty much all Western countries except the pre-Kennedy US, it was often represented as a more general threat to human existance in general.
After the fall of real socialism, we have collectively forgotten about fear; no, even more than forgetting it, we actively resist fear.
Reality shows are all about “facing your fears and coming to terms with them”, be they being stranded on a pacific island or asking a girl out; the rise of psychotherapy/psychology in the mainstream is heading towards the same direction; horror movies are conceptually based on the idea of seeing a display of frightening visions through.
But where is true, primordial, unquestionable fear? Terrorist bombings and mass murders have become tacitly accepted as “part of life in a city”, and moderates and leftists keep preaching mantras such as “they will not break us” or “they will not scare us”, or similar.
Why? Why should we avoid fear altogether?
Simply put, the system as it works today requires us to be in permanent semi-sedated state of mind. Of course, when we are scared, we have little consideration for petty matters such as buying more and spending more, investing our money, and participating in country-wide mandatory-fun events such as Christmas (as it has become) – and avoiding all these things would be, oh!, so no good for the economy!
People who legitimately fear for their lives and for their country tend to expect immediate action, pragmatic results, and safety. And the ever-demilitarising anti-nationalist Western state can hardly provide any of that. Scared people, in line with the nature of fear itself, tend to look for enemies or causes that make them afraid; but every time the media get less and less explicit with their calls to avoid “repercussions on muslims”, with terrorist attacks apparently becoming more about the ideological accomplices than the physical victims.
Thus, we are always urged to “keep calm and carry on”, while a war we are taught not to acknowledge is waged on us. As i have said, individuals have two basic responses to danger: fight, or flight. But whitherto does an entire country flee? How can entire nations escape, nowadays? They cannot. And so, the only action that we can collectively undertake is fighting – which is precisely what they do not want us to. Fear is the most fundamental drive to self-defence, and that is why they do not want you to be afraid.
A scared society is a “wartime” society, where people naturally request hierarchies and a sensible order. To quote from a famous film: “The orders are given, they are carried out, and the battle is won”. However, when society is stifled in a bureaucratic morass fed by complacent, amoral, and undisciplined leaders, a collective defence is simply unfeasible.
In this sense, “national conversations” are the exact opposite of a coordinated “national effort”.
Like the hangman strapping the prisoner to the table while the lethal cocktail is prepared, so does the Western establishment when you are told to sit down and go on as always whilst your nation and culture are withering and rotting.
Fear is not the opposite of courage or of virtue, but a fundamental part of it. Not being afraid has nothing to do with courage; it is in fact closer to foolishness and insanity than to courage.
True courage is not ignoring or suppressing fear, it is using it as a motor for virtue, as the basis for action and reaction.
Do you think explorers and crusaders were not afraid? Of course they were, but it is their acceptance of fear (of failure for the former, of Islamic tyranny for the latter; of death for both) that made their fear-powered actions holy.
Fear is not the enemy; the enemy is whoever tells you not to be afraid in the face of imminent danger.