Saturday Musings - In a World Gripped By Fear

Saturday Musings - In a World Gripped By Fear

Sadly, when I look at the world today I see that it’s largely been caught up in the hysteria of fear. It’s questions like the following that seem to be plaguing everyones mind as the media pumps out an endless litany of terror.

Who will win the presidential race? Does that person walking down the street carry a gun? What are the implications of Brexit? Will I keep my job? Will my kids love me when they’re older?

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Like the USA, Australia is in the middle of a federal election campaign. The two major parties here have finally devolved into, you guessed it, fear campaigns. You can almost feel fear's icy tentacles grip the nation as the attack commercials are shown time and time again on the television. It’s really quite sad.

Being bound by fear of the future and what may happen can be debilitating. One of my favourite science fiction books is Dune by Frank Herbert. In the book there is the following quote:

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

The quotation takes a stand against fear and states exactly what it is, a mind-killer that brings death and destruction. So how do you overcome your fears?

I was recently traveling on a packed bus in Amsterdam and an odd thought crossed my mind as a looked on a lady with wearing a haj, “If she has a bomb vest on I would never know.” It was ridiculous, full of bigotry and most of all fear. How do I quickly get off the bus? Will I have time? Am I right with my maker?

All these thoughts rushed through my head until I mentally faced my completely irrational fear not with mental fortitude or grim determination but with love. I decided to look on the people around me not as faceless individuals but as mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children. The woman wearing the haj wasn’t nearly so scary anymore. Suddenly, my fear evaporated and instead I found myself smiling at those around me (they probably thought I was crazy – LOL).

There’s a great quote from the Bible which says, “Perfect love casts out all fear.” President John F Kennedy said, “It’s amoral when men and women of good conscience fail to act.”

So in these turbulent times make a decision to show your love for your neighbour, your friends, work colleagues or even the stranger down the street. Together, if we stand against fear we can make a better world, despite our leaders, a world that we can enjoy with our loved ones.

Have a great weekend.

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Comments

Wolftalker on 25 June 2016
Good sentiments.

- and Dune is a classic.

- and Dune is a classic.
mgilmour on 26 June 2016

One of my favourite books!

One of my favourite books!
Guest - Jeff Schneider on 26 June 2016

Hello Michael,

Great Revelation Kudos, FEAR is a Multi-Trillion$ Industry. Fear as a Sales Closer is used constantly. Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, Physicians, Automobile, War, and on and on. Fear = (The greatest of Sales Closers)

Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master http://www.UseBiz.com)

Hello Michael, Great Revelation Kudos, FEAR is a Multi-Trillion$ Industry. Fear as a Sales Closer is used constantly. Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, Physicians, Automobile, War, and on and on. Fear = (The greatest of Sales Closers) Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master www.UseBiz.com)
Guest - R P on 26 June 2016

With the world awash in debt, zero and negative interest rates, central banks printing money out of thin air, etc. it would be foolish to think this will end well. It's not necessarily being a fear-monger as much as a realist.

Fiat currencies have never worked in the history of the world, going back 5000 years. They all ultimately go to 0. Could be in 5 years, 20 years, or 100 years. Who knows. To think we are different because of "technology" is arrogant and short sighted.

The founding fathers of the USA understood true liberty. Unfortunately we've been led far astray. We're closer to a fascist country led by corporations and not patriots.

With the world awash in debt, zero and negative interest rates, central banks printing money out of thin air, etc. it would be foolish to think this will end well. It's not necessarily being a fear-monger as much as a realist. Fiat currencies have never worked in the history of the world, going back 5000 years. They all ultimately go to 0. Could be in 5 years, 20 years, or 100 years. Who knows. To think we are different because of "technology" is arrogant and short sighted. The founding fathers of the USA understood true liberty. Unfortunately we've been led far astray. We're closer to a fascist country led by corporations and not patriots.
mgilmour on 26 June 2016

I completely agree with you on this. I think that in many respects the Central Banks have completely lost control of their economies. What is really new and driven by technology is the concept of the Forex trader that can move currencies up and down while the central banks wonder what just happened.

I completely agree with you on this. I think that in many respects the Central Banks have completely lost control of their economies. What is really new and driven by technology is the concept of the Forex trader that can move currencies up and down while the central banks wonder what just happened.
Guest - Jeff Schneider on 26 June 2016

Hello Michael,

Glass Steagall , needs to resurface or we are all in great peril. My Stockbroker Days are now changed now all Stockbrokers are wearing Bank Suits.

Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master http://www.UseBiz.com)

Hello Michael, Glass Steagall , needs to resurface or we are all in great peril. My Stockbroker Days are now changed now all Stockbrokers are wearing Bank Suits. Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master www.UseBiz.com)
mgilmour on 27 June 2016

I believe the are now called merchant bankers and caused much of the GFC Basically, high stakes roulette.

I believe the are now called merchant bankers and caused much of the GFC :) Basically, high stakes roulette.
Guest - Jeff Schneider on 27 June 2016

Hello Michael,

Forgive us for being off topic, but bear with us.

This goes back to Domain Pricing models and the way we see things.
Here are 2 theoretical Questions?
1 How much traffic would you lose using Google based SEM online Marketing Strategy ?
2 How much traffic would you lose using NON-.COM extensions ?

our answer to 1 = (25 to 40% Traffic loss)

our answer to 2 = (50 to 60% Traffic loss)

NOW here is the Big Question ? Why would a savvy Online Marketing Strategist use either one of these strategies??

Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master http://www.UseBiz.com)

Hello Michael, Forgive us for being off topic, but bear with us. This goes back to Domain Pricing models and the way we see things. Here are 2 theoretical Questions? 1 How much traffic would you lose using Google based SEM online Marketing Strategy ? 2 How much traffic would you lose using NON-.COM extensions ? our answer to 1 = (25 to 40% Traffic loss) our answer to 2 = (50 to 60% Traffic loss) NOW here is the Big Question ? Why would a savvy Online Marketing Strategist use either one of these strategies?? Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master www.UseBiz.com)
mgilmour on 27 June 2016

Good question Jeff.
1. I'm actually an SEM cynic and believe that if you provide good quality, regularly updated content then readers and Google will like you.
2. .COM is definitely still king but within about 6 years the new gTLDs will gain traction. In the case of the ccTLDs, they already have traction in their own countries.

Good question Jeff. 1. I'm actually an SEM cynic and believe that if you provide good quality, regularly updated content then readers and Google will like you. 2. .COM is definitely still king but within about 6 years the new gTLDs will gain traction. In the case of the ccTLDs, they already have traction in their own countries.
Guest - Jeff Schneider on 28 June 2016

Hello Michael,

Your comments are well taken, but we think you are not aware of an Online Marketing Strategy, that's in planning stages right now, that will catapult .COM-Centric Online Marketing Strategies to the forefront.

" 2. .COM is definitely still king but within about 6 years the new gTLDs will gain traction. In the case of the ccTLDs, they already have traction in their own countries. "

The statement above ignores Market Disruption. Stay tuned!

Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master http://www.UseBiz.com)


Hello Michael, Your comments are well taken, but we think you are not aware of an Online Marketing Strategy, that's in planning stages right now, that will catapult .COM-Centric Online Marketing Strategies to the forefront. " 2. .COM is definitely still king but within about 6 years the new gTLDs will gain traction. In the case of the ccTLDs, they already have traction in their own countries. " The statement above ignores Market Disruption. Stay tuned! Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger) (Former Rockefeller IBEC Marketing Analyst/Strategist) (Licensed CBOE Commodity Hedge Strategist) (Domain Master www.UseBiz.com)
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