Designed To Scare

Some things are scary. Others are merely designed to scare.

Most of what actually scares us happens to be the latter.

Modern life really isn’t that scary. Much of what would have “scared” us throughout our history, such as dangerous predators, no longer threatens us. But our minds still run on this ancient limbic software.

And fear plays a dominant role in modern society, in the motivations of people and the organisations that comprise them. Fear-based control is the cornerstone of the majority of industrialist schooling and work life. What is a tie, if not a way of saying “I am so subservient that I am willing to be superfluously uncomfortable for my master”?

If it’s just our animal mind being hacked, how can we take it seriously? Without training, naturally our minds will be left mercy to our situation, and to presentations designed to scare.

Our role as individuals is to understand the real magnitude of the threat to our well-being, beyond what we allow voluntarily. If we strip away the fear, how much harm can this actually do?

It is no exaggeration to say that self-actualisation is contingent on this: learning to spot the difference between that which is scary, and that which is designed to scare.