Fear is a powerful toolSubmitted by The_Gunslinger on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:31
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?