I have blogged about how much we have become a fear based society. Any group that wants to push their agenda uses fear to make us believe. All we have to do, is to read a little history and to see if any pervious "fears" have ever materialized?
I am re-reading Emerson's essays and it's funny that I found this quote:
The superstitions of our age are,
the fear of Catholicism
the fear of Pauperism
the fear of immigration
the fear of manufacturing interests
the fear of radicalism or democracy,
and faith in the steam engine.
Nemesis takes care of all these things, balances fear with fear, eradicates nobles by upstarts, supplants one set of nobodies by new nobodies.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, July 1847
Somethings never change!