Fear: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
Control: to eliminate or prevent the flourishing or spread of:
Imagination: the faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.
How many times have you heard jokes about government? The best oxymoron is an honest politician. I believe humor is a very powerful tool; it allows us the ability to deal with a problem without really dealing with it. By making jokes, we get to voice an opinion without really rocking the boat. My favorite political skit off all time happened in 2006 at the white house correspondent’s dinner when Steven Colbert roasted Bush. The best thing about that skit was nobody was laughing at the end, why? Because even though Colbert was doing a skit he was pouring out truth. This brings me to my question, why are we so afraid to speak with sincerity what we think?
Ever since childhood we’ve been conditioned to fear. How many times has someone told you to “be careful”? When you hear those words subconsciously our brain is going FEAR, FEAR, FEAR, FEAR. But does being told to “be careful” make us anymore safe? No, of course not, after all I still ended up shooting myself with a BB gun; fell off my bike, cut myself with a knife, and much more. Fear is about control, control over imagination.
Abraham Maslow, the famous psychologist who is known for creating the Hierarchy of needs says that before we harness creativity, morality, problem solving, lack of prejudice and acceptance of facts, we must feel safe. According to Maslow this means security of body, of employment, of resources, of morality, of the family, health and property. In other words, before we create that beautiful masterpiece or cure cancer, we must shed our fear of being blown up by a terrorist attack. Now I want to make one very important point, fear is also very useful when the threat is REAL. Not jumping off a building for fear of injury or death is a good type of fear. Not flying on an airplane for fear of being hijacked is NOT a good type of fear; I call these types of fears “WHAT IF FEARS” It’s the what if fear that the government and more generally people in power love to exploit. What if radical Muslims get control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons? What if the terrorists use a biological weapon on our subway? What if Iran speedboats sink a US destroyer? What if they follow us home from Iraq? All of these what if fears are used as a means of control. Is it no wonder that the patriot act was passed right after 9/11 because of what if fear, what if it (9/11) happens again?
Enter Ron Paul. Let me make one thing clear, Ron Paul is not a savior, he’s not a God and he’s certainly not perfect. Ron has made mistakes just like every other candidate running for president, I’m sure there are things about him that I wouldn’t agree with and I’m sure he’s made his fair share of bad choices. It’s not my intent to praise Ron as being a saint, it’s my intent to explain why Ron Paul is the best vehicle for shedding fear and returning imagination to the minds that have been enslaved by what if fear.
The revolution isn’t about choosing a president, the revolution is about imagination.