To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep,
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to: 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there's the rub:
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause—there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovere'd country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all...
Anxiousness is just fear! And fear controls you!
We’ve all know the adage that journalism reports on the most devastating, the most tragic, the most fearful things because that is what people want to know about. We pretend to want only good news stories, but if that were true, we wouldn’t flock to the fear-mongering ones.
The reason for this is as old as time itself. The caveman who didn’t pay attention to danger didn’t live long, and so fear is driven into our general human psyche as a means of preservation,
Yet, this knowledge is dangerous, because we humans are so easily manipulated. How often in the era of the caveman, was the bump in the night something harmless?
We let the fear control us and make decisions for us, and people that want to control us, know this. They know that we will respond to a perceived threat in a certain way because we believe it will save us.
To quote Terry Goodkind’s wizard’s first rule from: Terry Goodkind, Wizard’s First Rule. New York: Tor Fantasy, 1994. p. 560.
People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool (Goodkind 560).
And so, we will continue to let fear dominate our thinking, to control us because we are stupid enough to think it will save us and that when the times comes we will be able to tell the difference between the good shepherd and the evil one.