“Fact, we all like our video doorbells,” says one of the Property Brothers with self-assurance that he is speaking for a large percentage of the viewership.
In another commercial for home security devices, a woman under a dryer at the salon looks at her phone and yells, “Get off my property, you creeps.”
In yet another, a man at work spends time making sure his doors at home are locked and the security alarm on via his cellphone.
Meanwhile, other people in commercials are worrying about their investments, the medicines they take, and whether they’ll have to walk five yards further to get to their rental car.
Is it me, or does it seem as if in the last few years fear itself has become a sellable commodity?
Okay, I’m fortunate. I’ve never owned anything except pets that I would fear losing to a burglar. I’ve often never even had to lock my door at night. I’m pretty healthy and I intend to stay that way. I don’t have investments.
But in conjunction with the fear-mongering that began four years ago when a certain someone descended a golden escalator, and what we have seen happen since including murders of people trying to hold back the white supremacist tide, it just seems to me as if someone is promoting the fear factor.
We all know that fear is one of the most primal instincts in human beings. We also know that, evolutionarily, it was a damned important instinct; without it, the species probably wouldn’t have survived long enough for us to be here.
As the world became more sophisticated (I won’t say civilized), there were far fewer things to fear in much of the world. But fear is a jealous god, and wants to hold people to itself. The voice in the brain went from, “Psst, there’s a sabre-tooth tiger about to pounce on you” to “Psst, that person over there owns more than you do” or “Psst, you might have that nasty disease” or “Psst, those people don’t look like you; get rid of them.”
War is fear, usually of boundaries. Racism is fear of others who don’t look like us or speak in the same language. Selfishness is fear that we will lose our toys. Injustice is fear that we can’t control others.
It is comes down to fear, that jealous god that wants us to live in a continuous state of anxiety so we won’t worship any other god.
One might say that the notion of Satan came about as the embodiment of fear.
I’m not saying that one shouldn’t feel secure in one’s home. I’m not saying that sick people shouldn’t seek medical help. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t invest their money.
I am saying that if we let fear rule our lives, we have sold our souls to Satan, and we will become the people in whom the consequences of fear – cruelty, lies, amorality – will become normal.
There is a plague of fear in this country, and it is spreading like a red tide. In ancient humans, the fear instinct evolved into the fight or flight response. Are we going to run away from this plague, or are we going to fight it?