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Fear is a powerful tool

I was doing some thinking the other day and realized that fear controls much of my life.

I'm afraid to always say what's on my mind, because I fear the consequences of being placed on a list, especially the no fly list, may want to leave soon.

I'm afraid to stop paying my taxes, because of fear of the retaliation of the IRS, and the impact it will have on my family's life.

I'm afraid to go out and enjoy myself at the local pubs, because I'm afraid that I may have just too much to put me over the legal limit, and fear having to pay thousands of dollars in fines and legal costs.

I fear taking up arms in open rebellion, because I know the outcome for those who stand alone against governments such as ours.

I fear doing anything which would jeopardize my job, because I fear losing my home and land.

I fear the consequences of telling a cop "it's none of your business."

Many of these things would not be something to be feared without government intervention. I wouldn't fear getting a ticket if I was not required to carry auto insurance. I wouldn't fear losing my job if the government didn't tax me on what I "own." I wouldn't fear financial collapse if the government hadn't trained so many to be dependent on them instead of hard work.

I guess I took a second to notice how much fear affects my everyday life and decisions, and how that makes me a slave. Knowing that I tend to be more outspoken and adventurist than most, I have to wonder and ask, how much of your life is based on fear?


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Apathy, fear's greatest friend, screw that to!!

Love.

kind people rock

Screw fear, be fearless, be free!!

Are you guys ready, each of you are a revolution within yourselves, embrace yourself, BE YOU, because there is no one better at it than you. BE THE CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love.

kind people rock

ChristianAnarchist's picture

Yes, it's fear that is used

Yes, it's fear that is used as a tool to control us. Of course some fear is a good thing. I fear petting a wild lion (probably a good thing and I doubt I'll ever have the situation before me). It's when fear is used to manipulate the masses that fear becomes diabolical. ISIS, Ebola, Climate Change, Nuclear War, the IRS...

Beware the cult of "government"...

Maybe Im Jaded.

... Mainly, If I pick an issue, say taxes, and I end up in jail like many before me. I am then removed as provider and protector of my family. I basically became a martyr. What will I have accomplished?

If I am going to do that I want it to be for something. Not to be another jailed tax "evader" never mentioned in the news. Even if there was fanfare what would it accomplish?

Maybe Im jaded. It seems that unless a mass of us reject it all at once they will just "execute" the dissenters off camera.

I am considering voting with my feet. As for the rest of these thoughts, I have not come to hard positions. I am still trying to figure it out.

Who wll be the first

The D.of Injustice is in charge of all investigations and prosecution. They say who and how and when. No one can do anything without their approval and permission. I think the main reason for this is to control how many people are prosecuted. The agents get a cash bonus for prosecutions and more for convictions. If there were no controles the the agents would have the courts loaded with prosecutions so they could get their bonus. This would be a mess that they don't want so they have only a limited amount of prosecutions a year. This is so they keep their high convection rate as well.
Knowledge is power. If you understand your position and law you can at least give them a hard time. They regularly ignore the law if it doesn't suit them, notwithstanding you will be like RP and make your mark if you are lawful and right. They will have to break the law to stop you.
Now if a lot of meet up groups helped one another learn the law and how to act, then you wouldn't be alone. Many have given all there life's, the fortures and the sacred honour. Courage comes from knowing you are doing the right thing. The Injustice Department is not going to prosecute everybody at once. Their agents are like firemen putting out fires as they crop up with intimidation. If you know your stuff and know their only real weapon is your fear, then have courage and over come your fears and go to work. The world my not acknowledge your efforts but your family will when they see you are committed to their freedom.

It sounds like you need to

It sounds like you need to travel. Stop spending money for six or eight months and take a leave of absence for as long as your job will alow, pick a place and go chill. Feeling completely at peace, even for a moment, is worth more than whatever you're giving up in the way of financial security, creature comforts or the like.

After my pulmonary embolisms,

After my pulmonary embolisms, I lived the greater part of a year in fear. Crippling fear that did, indeed, make me a slave to it. I had good reason... I mean, I had a racing heart for months, little energy, difficulty breathing, etc. But, then as the physical symptoms faded, the fear of dying turned into anxiety and panic attacks. My mind was doing horrible things to me. :/

Fear sucks. And it is definitely a powerful motivator as someone tries to avoid, control, or overcome the fear-causing issue -- but not in a good way. I'm sure it takes its toll both mentally and physically.

The sad thing with government-created fear is that people are unaware of whether something is a true threat. But they still get stuck holding the fear baggage.

The name of the game...

Their only game...

Michael Nystrom's picture

Powerful and profound

Because of your honesty.

TPB know about the power of fear. Isn't it obvious?

Terrorists, ISIS, Saddam Hussein, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Fidel Castro, Manuel Noriega, Yassir Arafat, Osama Bin Laden.

Why?

If you feel fear, you can't fear love. Safety is a prerequisite for love. I read that in this book, Love 2.0:

http://www.amazon.com/Love-2-0-Supreme-Emotion-Everything/dp...

It is a good book.

I'm interested in looking more at the topic of love.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Michael, if you dive deep into LOVE

a must read are beautiful texts on Love by Plato. The two most important works on love in Western philosophy (love of wisdom) are Plato's "Symposium" and "Phaedrus". They are not at all your typical dry philosophical texts, but very juicy.

And just a side note: the so called platonic love has nothing to do with love according to Plato.

I am happy that suggested to you the Osho book on love which you loved.

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

I some times fear

in some situations but every day I seem to come out more and more. Almost like a building process. I fly a lot and I never wanted to opt out because I was afraid to be the only one and every one would ridicule me. Well, recently I opted out and have done it ever since! I guess it takes time. Soon or a later, you are going to say F IT!

I use to be afraid to join conventions and become a Delegate. Ron Paul inspired me to do so.

I fear cops, but you really don't have to. Most cops really are aware of the Constitution and I got out of many tickets for having a Ron Paul bumper sticker. Also, showing them respect usually ends on good terms. Attitudes and tone of voice can change the whole scenario. That could happen with any body. Remember, cops are human to. This is all from my experience where I live locally and all. Cops can be real rough in cities.

I feared to call my Senator and Governor because I thought I would be labeled crazy or be on a list like you said, but I eventually said F it and I've been calling up Chris Christie's office ever since.

Their is a tipping point to every ones fear. Eventually that fear folds up and goes away but maybe might try to sneak back in every now and then, but fight it.

Michael Nystrom's picture

You should never be afraid to stand up for yourself

Truly, that is the root of all Liberty. It has to start with oneself. If you can't stand up for yourself, who can you stand up for?

I don't fear the cops. All of my experiences with cops have been positive.

I used to always opt out, then they changed the machines in Boston to radio waves instead of X-rays, so now I go through them. They work the same.

What is the way to non fear.

You can fight it, as you suggest. But there is another way through it as well, and that is to surrender to it.

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For example, you fear that people are going to make fun of you because of what you do. Funk it, you say, I'm going to do it anyway.

You can fight the fear or surrender to it. I think it is the same thing, only with a different perspective, and a different emotion. The outcome is the same: You bypass the fear.

Thanks for the comment! Excellent work.

Everyone should do what works for them. I appreciate your sharing.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

“Bran thought about it. 'Can

“Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?'
'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

The control factor

Fear is what keeps everyone from rebelling the oppression. It is the only real weapon the controllers have over us. They actually fear us much more than we fear them. As John Nelson once stated "war is not about killing but frighting people in to submission". The police and government gun toting agents are so afraid they have to put on armour and get bigger and bigger guns and tanks because of their fear.
Sooooo! The_Gunslinger. You should be ashamed frightening those poor ignorant agents of government. They are "just following orders". This however is no defence for acting immoral and illegal. If the commander orders them to kill innocent people they are not absolved and will pay a dear price for their immorality. Everyone everywhere has a moral and lawful obligation to act morally at all times.
We all are here only because God allows us to be here. If we graduate to the next life because of some mindless agent "just following orders" it is because God allows it. No fear of death if you are prepared everyday to make it your last day. Plan however to be here for a hundred years.

But please stop frightening those government agents and please please stop being afraid.
Matthew 19:29

Was thinking today

About some of the more abhorrent things the FedGov does with my tax money. As a moral person, I know that it is wrong to support such immoral activity, but I also came to realize that fear of losing my home, job, freedom and family keeps me writing those tax checks.

This is a conundrum I've been finding it difficult to resolve. How to balance my responsibility to my family and my responsibility as a moral agent?

Anyway, totally sympathize with your feelings, but I don't have much of a good solution. I look forward to hearing from some other parents on their thoughts.

I agree.

Fear is a powerful tool.

But once I realized how much it influenced my life, I managed to deal with it much better than before.

One of my favorite quotes is:

"There is nothing to fear, but fear itself."

Franklin D. Roosevelt used it in his inaugural address, during the Great Depression. But the original line is I believe from Francis Bacon, the english philosopher.