The Culture of Fear Vs. the Cultivation of Hope

Should we be trying to make more fear? When something is scarce, it’s valuable, and smart people try to make more of it. It appears as though the government, various media outlets and lots of well-meaning people have come to a conclusion that there’s a shortage of fear. So they’re busy making more of it. 

When is the last time you heard an official say, “If you see something, say something?” We all let the airport X-ray our shoes. Everybody is looking around suspiciously at their neighbor while their neighbor looks around suspiciously at them. Why do the authorities all around our country wear black or desert camouflage?

This fear culture affects everything we do. It’s not just the fear of terror (which is another word for fear). We’re plagued by the fear of failure, the fear of not being deemed successful enough. Because of those worries, we spend our time reminding enterprising folks that an idea will never work, that the market is way too risky, that all hope is lost.
Just keep working at your 9-to-5 job, we say. It’s so scary to not have a regular paycheck. Why take a chance?
Because of this, new ideas get stifled, economic growth stagnates, and instead of a being adventurers and entrepreneurs, we become a world sitting on its hands.
Let’s let go of our culture of fear, and start making great things that sell because they are worth the money. Let’s all enjoy the great freedoms we are standing around afraid to lose.
Fear mongering is a lousy profession, one that ought to be regulated, if not banned altogether. Hope mongering needs to become our new national pastime. We only get 12 months to change the world in 2017. Let’s make them count.