Fear

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Fear has always been a powerful tool in politics. The method has been used multiple times. After the incident of 9-11, Bush used the fear of the American people to win another election. He mentioned terrorism countless times in his speeches and promised to deal with it; thus earning votes.

Of course, you can’t blame people for being afraid of something. It is human nature to have fears. They allow us to decide what is safe and what isn’t. It’s a survival mechanism. Yet there is something more relevant that you can blame people for.

Their own ignorance.

People are being told 9-11 was disastrous—and it was—and that it had been executed by terrorists that were angry with the modern, western world. Sure, it makes sense. But that does not mean it is necessarily the truth. I wouldn’t be the first person to propose that it might have been a government conspiracy to create fear. The internet is full of such theories. I did my own research by reading what both parties had to say about it. After careful analysis, I’ve decided that I too, think it was a conspiracy.

The fear that such events create, can cause the people of entire nations to become submissive overnight. Governments, in the name of homeland security, will promote methods that supposedly protect the people. Various parties have proposed the use of microchips that would be implanted under a person’s skin. This chip would help track where they are and contain vital information that could be essential should something occur to the person that has such a chip. For example, it could notify medical attendants of certain allergies that the person has and will thus not use medicines based on such a substance.

All good and well, one would think. It seems like such a chip would help for the greater good. However, consider how such a chip would advance over time. It would become your identity. It would contain your personal information, your bank accessibility, your tracker and perhaps even more frightening things that I, at this moment, can not envision. The reason that I think this is frightening is because such advancements would leave you with no privacy. Yet the more chilling aspect to be considered is that authorities would be able to control you. If you misbehave or do anything displeasing, authorities—which, as mentioned before, supposedly keep you safe—can disable your access to your chip. That would mean you’d lose part of your identity and a lot of public access will be gone. You can no longer access your bank, travel or perhaps do other things. I find that terrifying…

My dear mother no longer uses various social media platforms because of her fear of this happening. She wants to remain out of the loop and I don’t blame her. Google is already using our information to track where we are and to display targeted ads. For now it is but for commercial purposes but you can imagine how much that could grow in a brief period of time; especially if another occurrence takes place that strikes fear into feeble hearts.

Though I understand my mother’s reaction, I don’t intend to wipe my footprints off the internet. I still have my Facebook that I use casually and of course the medium you are currently viewing will always remain. Neither do I think you, my reader, should panicking right away and deleting yourself everywhere online. That is not the answer. Instead, use the internet to your advantage. Be mindful of what you share on it and use it to educate yourself and share such knowledge. I am doing the same. This does not mean you can’t be afraid, it simply means that you can understand your fears more thoroughly. I believe they say that the more you know about your fears, the less frightening it will become. I can’t guarantee that you won’t be afraid of ISIS or such, but you will be more aware.

Protect yourself, educate yourself, grow.

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