Is hate suppressed fear?

Is hate suppressed fear?

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” said various pop psychology gurus. I question that. Basically, by using the word “only” as in “the only thing we have to fear” is ridiculing the idea of fearing anything else, right?

If fear itself is the only thing to fear, then there is nothing else to fear and therefore anyone who fears anything except fear itself is implicitly silly- or perhaps altogether insane. However, I do not know anyone who has never feared. I think everyone that I know has feared things. So, as for the saying “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” isn’t it quite ridiculous?

How about this: “fear itself is the one thing that we have to fear- like we absolutely must- but all others things are just things that we have the choice to either fear or not.” Well, I think that is ridiculous as well, though differently. Is it possible that we have the choice to fear things or not? Sure- but what about the first premise: that we must fear fear itself. That is actually the most silly part. Why should we fear fear? Why not appreciate it?

I was afraid of riding down a big, steep hill when I was first learning to ride a bicycle. I have been afraid when looking over a ledge or other drop-off.  Is the fear of falling something I should fear? Should I fear the amazing fact that if I lose my balance  and a collision between my face and the ground is approaching, then my hands may miraculously and effortlessly show up to cushion the impact- my hands and arms shoot forward and touch the ground first, receiving much of the impact and protecting my face- perhaps even preventing any impact at all.

So, is it wise to fear the reflexive, hormonal, neuro-chemical process that I might call fear? Or, is that not only insane, but arrogant?

However, perhaps it is sometimes favorable to repress fear. Maybe the terrified screams of the young would give away the hidden positions of an entire group that is in danger, such as from a predator. In that case, the young might be distracted, startled or even outright attacked to protect the secret location of the group.

In a business, an employee may be reprimanded or fired for taking actions that may be detrimental to the operation or organization. In a society, privileges may be suspended or revoked (like a license to drive) and punishments may be implemented, such as the death penalty. In a species, certain activities might result in impoverishment or extinction, while other activities might result in survival, prosperity. growth, and development.

Fear serves a purpose. Interrupting that fear response may also be favorable sometimes.

So, rather than fearing fear itself, we can fear whatever we fear, appreciate fear as a functional biological process, and yet appreciate the possibility that the immediate response of fear is not the only response that we might appreciate as favorable in some particular context. So, we may also interrupt or merely redirect fear.

However, there is an particular dangerous development which I would now address. I think of riding a roller coaster. As a child, I might have feared riding a roller coaster- perhaps based on a prior experience that was unfavorable. Maybe I crashed my bicycle on a certain steep hill and even walking on that hill the next day may disturb me. I might say that I hate that hill. I might even say that I hate hills or even all roller coasters.

Hatred is merely an indication that one fears experiencing a particular fear- and again that may be entirely adaptive and appropriate in a given moment. It is amazing to me that hatred itself could be so hated by so many. It seems that there are whole religions grown up around the quite ironic idea of hating hatred. We may fear hatred so much that we hate it. Well- fine, if that is what fits in a given context… but it is still ironic! “The only thing that we have to hate is hate itself!”

Look, we might hate hatred and we might be afraid of fear. So what?

Consider that there is in fact nothing quite so dangerous as fearing fear. Fearing anything else means conservatism- such as lowering one’s speed and checking one’s brakes before starting down a steep hill. The inability to admit fear and adjust to it is dysfunction. Someone insensitive to fear might go too fast down a hill- and not even know that they are going way too fast.

Now, I’m not going to go on and on about this, but I am going to draw attention to a specific example. There is a brazen, foolhardy rejection of fear in the paradigms (belief systems) of many investors (especially borrowers) as the month of January 2010 comes to an end. Does it fit? Sure, or else that pattern of rejecting (denying) would not have emerged.

A few weeks ago, I issued a blog called mid-January trendlines. Of course, those trendlines broke and with great momentum so far. The positions I had already entered produced gains of between 20 ad 25% in the last ten days or so. However, most investors in stocks and metals and so on lost several percent at least.

From those losses, which are all of course someone else’s gains, ownership and influence simply shifted. That is, there is still the same amount of stuff, but which stuff is collectively valued most has shifted and how much the rest of us value the stuff of any particular one of us has also shifted.

There is a huge redistribution of influence and access away from those who reject fear toward those who may embrace not only fear, but everything else, including the wealth that much of the world’s middle classes seem intent on abandoning- considering their enthusiastic patterns of borrowing and spending.

How do you know how much an investor values profit and security and so on? The results they access are THE sole, single, only indicator of which results they value. They invest in getting the results they actually get. Nothing else is possible. The only way for an investor to get the results they get is for them to invest EXACTLY how they actually are to get those results. By the way, those who are addicted to blame… are those who reject fear. On that subject, I have personal experience.

Rejecting fear is hatred and hatred is blame. Temporarily, that may even be adaptive. However, if there is one thing that I have noticed about blame, it is that something has to be perceived as having gone wrong in order for there to be a sincerity to the blaming. Sometimes, that thing that is perceived to have gone wrong is a financial or economic crisis. Again, I have personal experience with this.

Japan has been going through a financial crisis for a few decades now. Sometimes, when someone is going down a hill too fast, they intentionally risk a minor crash to avoid a total loss of control or “wipe out.” When rapidly approaching an intersection where a bunch of downhill paths cross, other drivers (or bicyclists) may simply speed up. Apparently, it’s the American way- though not especially distinct from that of Europe, yeah?

The investment bulls are stampeding into mud. If there is a sheer drop-off of a cliff beyond the mud, those relentlessly enthusiastic investors (in abject denial?) may only survive at all by virtue of the mud being so thick that the bulls pile up into a mess before they race over the cliff’s edge.

Would you like to know something else ironic? “I’m not greedy and I do not want to go into debt to invest. However, I am interested in financing real estate purchases so that I can flip them for quick unearned gains.”

Look, either people are targeting what are called “unearned gains” or they are not targeting that, but something else. Different methods do not alter the target result. Either it is greedy to borrow for investing to produce unearned gains when using absolutely any method of borrowing for investing to produce unearned gains, or it is not greedy for all of them. On the other hand, people experiencing abject denial may not be especially sensitive to such appeals to simple, self-evident logic! I mean, just look at the markets in which they are investing- and the results they are about to experience- and it will soon be obvious enough which investors are investing in security and prosperity and which ones are investing in poverty and debt and bankruptcy and desperate fears and dependency, political destabilization or even extinction.

Someone can invest in whatever results they choose. After all, just look at the quite varied results that various people have produced at various times.

Fearing fear (or condemning it, shaming it) has it’s natural results. Allowing fear to direct one’s attention suddenly has it’s natural result as well: courage.

6 Responses to “Is hate suppressed fear?”

  1. Pete Says:

    Sometimes, maybe quite often even, a broken heart is the price we pay for love. No matter, I sitll, love love!

    • jrfibonacci Says:

      and what a wonderful blessing it can be to have what may have been a closed heart broken so open that tears spill down the face! Sometimes, love is simply what is already happening now.

  2. Judy Osmundson Says:

    Now, Jeffrey,

    Please go back and apply the sentiment of Love to each one of those situations rather than fear and see how that goes down.

    Smiles, Judy

    • jrfibonacci Says:

      Judy, I totally do not get what you are saying and I wonder if you got what I was saying. Here’s a new offering for you.

      Fear may arise suddenly and surprisingly, like when I hear an loud unexpected sound or when I am walking across a street with a walk signal, but then I see a car comes to turn right and it is clearly about to cross the crosswalk in which I am walking. So, perhaps fear happens and I stop walking. Or maybe I move faster to get out the path of the car. Or whatever.

      Fear is just a state of alertness, a shift of attention. How is it that fear could ever be a problem?

      Have you noticed that there is such a distinct cultural bias of shaming fear and calling fear negative and denying the obvious intelligence of fear? I’m not “treating” fear, but treating the suppression of it, the fearing of it, the demonizing of it. By treating it, I mean noticing it and accepting it as already an expression of divine intelligence.

      Fear is not a problem, or not usually- not inherently. However, people may suppress fear systematically, and that may or may not be a problem itself.

      So many people suggest that fear and love are opposite. Consider that love has no opposite and that fear is a form of love- that’s radical, right?

      The person walking across the street is only afraid of a big fast car approaching because of the love of life. A telephone pole perhaps does not fear the approaching car, and that is a lack of love- again, not a problem for the telephone pole, but just a fact- but consider that fear is a form of love, an intelligent reflex, a blessing we can appreciate and celebrate.

      Now, when you write “the sentiment of love,” that may not be what I mean by love. However, that could work too- but it is not sentimentality that has a person fear an approaching car and stay clear of the car- or even risk their own safety to get someone else out of the way of an approaching car. The spontaneous courage of the person who risks their own life to promote someone else’s safety is a profound act of courageous love, and the source of the courage is fear and the source of the fear is love.

      None of that, in my opinion, is at all sentimental. We may look back on someone else’s apparent love for us and be sentimental about their love for us, but appreciation, by which I mean something that is always sentimental and in fact is sentimentality itself, is a completely distinct process. The possibility of sentimental appreciation comes only after some profound act of courage, which results only from fear, which results only from love. Again, trees do not have any of that- as far as I know. 😉

      People may miss the simple intelligence of life, but it is simple to notice as well. People may miss the simple intelligence of fear, but it is simple to notice as love.

      In fact, I saw a young mother yell for her wandering toddler to come back over to her. We were all at a bus stop and the toddler was heading for the street, where cars would be speeding by within several seconds (a traffic light had just turned green).

      The mother could have said nothing. I have certainly been around people in danger and said nothing. I have even wished ill of people, usually certain people in particular, as far as I recall.

      However, the mother yelled for her child to come right over to her immediately. The child was startled and did so.

      Now, if you think that a supplement of love is relevant for that situation, I suggest that you do not get the simplicity of the mother’s fear for her child as a natural, spontaneous, unmistakable act of love.

      To the child, the anger of the mother may be mysterious and intense. However, being yelled “come over here right this instance. I’m counting to three: 1, 2….” can also be recognized as an expression of love, a cultivation of safety and survival and well-being. The intensity of a huge heavy vehicle speeding closer is perhaps far more intense than someone saying harshly “hey, get out of the street right now or I am going to spank you.”

      Fear is an act of love. However, the judgment we make against others- such as “oh, that mother should have been more this or less that,” that is no longer loving fear, but hatred. Consider that it is actually an expression of simple hatred to say or even think “s/he should not treat his/her children like that. That’s horrible. That sure is one horrible parent.”

      However, even hatred could be an expression of love. How? Consider that that which we hate, we are… yet we may have been so afraid of that part of ourselves that our most functional way of connecting with it is to judge it, to fear it, to hate it- but that can change instantly. We can suddenly appreciate life and it’s profound intelligence.

      Hatred can disappear in an instant as a complete misunderstanding, an error- like the fear of a snake which is actually not a snake, but a coiled up rope that one might have mistaken for a snake- if perhaps only to remind one’s self that one actually loves life. Love is eternal.

  3. Roger Says:

    Do you think it makes sense to make a distinction between fear and anxiety (see Wikipedia)? And does your article relate to both in the same way? And do you (consciously?) ignore or even deny that fear/anxiety can take on unhealthy forms like certain paranoyas, paralysations – mentally as well as bodily) – dangers of being subconsciosly controlled etc.?

    • jrfibonacci Says:

      I address some of that here:

      The vast majority of biological processes are controlled “subconsciously,” such as digestion, cell growth, the hormones of adolescent transition, etc…. Language acquisition of infants is really no more conscious than hearing itself is a conscious choice. Can you “turn off” your capacity to hear or your capacity for sight?

      An infant has the neurological foundation to identify patterns of sound within certain audible ranges, then the audio sub-units of spoken language begin to be distinguished. This has been studied in infants exposed to “foreign” languages (as in exposed to multiple languages). It is somewhat famously known that in certain oriental languages, there is no audible distinction between L and R. Similarly, in many western languages, there are no “meaningful” distinctions for phonetic units that are part of other human languages, such as even the clicking sounds of certain African languages.

      So, given that the foundations of language do not require “conscious awareness,” any social learning developed through language (like how to diagnose and labels various medical conditions) are also inherited rather than created. If I listed several common medical words, you and I would both recognize them because they are typically hundreds of years older than either of us, right?

      For me, there is nothing especially conscious about the linguistic label “scurvy,” as I address in other posts. Scurvy is, generally speaking, a totally valid label that also represents an extremely oversimplified way of relating to the natural results of having lots of various vitamins except for vitamin C. Without C, certain hormones might never be made and certain metabolic processes might never happen, resulting in a situation similar to a car with no tires: it is not very useful as a car if it has no tires, similar to having perfectly functional eyes with no visible light to stimulate perception of vision.

      When an ignorant licensed Medical Doctor “blindly” or “unconsciously” labels something as “incurable scurvy,” that is just an innocent mistake. In their ignorance, they may have no knowledge of the metabolic physiology involved, plus they are unconscious in their use of language, so they sincerely (reflexively, mechanically, automatically, unconsciously, ignorantly, innocently) declare the presence of scurvy, which they “know” to be incurable.

      Of course, there is literally no such substance or presence of any THING to be called scurvy. It is just a label for when there are enough vitamins and nutrients to sustain life for the moment, but not enough vitamin C. When there is breathing and so on, but nothing involving vitamin C, the presence of the other metabolic functions is labeled “having scurvy.” A corpse that no longer manifests breathing also no longer “has scurvy,” right? Scurvy implies the presence of life. Apart from the vital functions, there is no such “presence” as a scurvy. It is a label for the presence of particular vital functions, but not others that are considered not quite as vital.

      So, on to the specifics of your question, the fear of fear is paranoia (AKA anxiety, perfectionism, shame, taboos) and it is socially trained in to basically all children. It can be dangerous (at least in most cultures) for someone- especially a child- to show fear, so visible indicators of fear are ritually suppressed, like in public school playgrounds famous for taunting and bullying or in military boot camps to prepare the “human cannon fodder” for combat settings. For a soldier in a warzone, the caution of fear is essential to survival, while certain patterns of anxiety can be quite counter-productive to advancing the mission.

      Subconscious influence is also the subject of the entire art of seduction as well as of advertising, plus propaganda. Music and all forms of art (painting, sculpture, etc) involve influence that may be hypnotically repetitive and complex, thus including aspects that are not conscious.

      Most political dialogue involves deceit, drama and terror. Why must the new economic solution which redistributes 2 trillion pesos from taxpayers to banks be passed immediately? In order to save the taxpayers!

      Taxes are always justified by their alleged tremendous benefit to the taxpayers. Why must falling home prices be resisted? Because if homes prices dropped by 80%, then everyone would be able to spend less on housing, potentially resulting in a huge functional increase in prosperity to the average taxpayer- and also allowing “bad neighbors” to have access to your neighborhood. However, such “equality” is the enemy of all political systems, which are inherently systems of privilege (exclusive “rights”) enforced by organized violence, such as “property rights.”

      It works like this. I arrive on a ship from Europe and bring some guns and bullets (or tanks and missiles). Then, I declare the coast line where I arrive to be under the rightful authority of the Holy Roman Empire, and then I begin a brutal Inquisition on the natives, such as the Cherokee people. Because of their crimes of trespassing on my new land and violating my new rules and failure to be fluent in English and their heretical unauthorized religious views and pagan rituals, we obviously must do the merciful thing and conduct rituals of human sacrifice such as burning witches and lynching “rebels” from the branches of trees. Further, we define various patterns of activity and language as “mentally illness” and seclude people who manifest those behaviors, then force them to be drugged with expensive drugs for which we bill the taxpayers. They are not as evil or dangerous as witches. However, the threat of government execution or forced “mental hospitalization” or other incarceration is the basic terrorism on which court systems of eviction and foreclosure rely. If people do not fear being shot by the ruling gang of thugs (“police officers”), then why comply with an eviction notice? Why pay rent at all? Why pay taxes?

      It’s all a business. Then we (all government loyalists) justify it with propaganda, especially through public schools. Karl Marx detailed the basic foundations of the system of the Holy Roman Empire and it’s branches throughout Europe and beyond. Marx listed many foundations, all of which are present in varying degrees within the US and EU today. Further, people are indoctrinated that the system should not be how it has been for centuries, which tends to make it “socially awkward” to make any public mention of the reality of the mechanisms of imperialist “communist-capitalism.”

      Maybe you are aware that in many nations, some people there assert that the two party systems in power do not really offer much variation. Both parties for instance may be funded by the same industries like pharmaceuticals, weapon manufacturers, and of course banks and insurance companies.

      So, the people are led to believe through mass media and so forth that the two parties are in fierce opposition to each other, rather like in professional wrestling or any theatrical production in which various actors and actresses get together and all cooperate to perform the same script in which they may pretend to be at odds with each other. Someone may say “the Democrats and Republicans are arguing over idiotic issues and missing the issues that are important to me.” The odd thing about that is actually that they believe that the political system is designed to serve them, though it is not too odd given that the masses are intentionally bombarded with that message in mainstream media and public education programming funded of course by… governments!

      In so-called “communist systems,” there is internal political struggling just like in “capitalist systems.” Always, the ruling authority of the government comes down to the organized violence of court operations of ritual coercion (AKA taxation or uncriminalized extortion/racketeering).

      Internationally, competing groups of terrorists may or may not really be competing. Realistically, when the Soviet KGB and the American CIA both began to influence and invade places like Afghanistan or El Salvador, the two groups were outwardly competing, but to the locals, there would be no obvious distinction between either forms of imperialism- the imperialists were FUNCTIONALLY identical.

      Foreign people come in with guns firing and then claim to “liberate” the locals (by which they mean negotiate terms of surrender of the colonized/conquered locals). As most native americans know, when an operation of imperialist terrorism arrives and suggest terms of surrender, the promises may or may not be kept. Politicians have a bit of a reputation for making promises during the campaign that they do not entirely fulfill.

      Government is the art of mind control (which includes behavior control). Institutional religion is the foundation of that art.

      If you do not recognize that or if you do recognize it but then think “that should not be,” then that is because of the effectiveness of those systems of mind control indoctrination. Governments trains people to suppress their fear of the government itself and to project that fear on to some foreign enemy as hatred. That foreign enemy could be the Soviets or the Nazis or the civilians of Japan or Afghanistan or the Cherokee nation. That “foreign” enemy could even be the Republicans or the Democrats, whose hypnotic rituals of repetitive negative campaigning may be designed to stir up hysteria, panic, antagonism and hatred.

      “Danger” is defined for “us” by “our rulers.” I studied economic patterns and by early early 2003 began to publish forecasts of the risk of rising fuel prices and the predictable effects on lending trends and real estate trends and stock market trends of Europe and the US. Many people would say to me, even after a clear presentation of the facts of the rocketing risk: “I do not want to do anything risky, therefore I will stay concentrated in financed investment in Phoenix real estate, plus just keep holding on to a few of my favorite stocks- even though they went down 70% in the tech stock crash of 2000-2002.” Many naive people lost hundreds of thousands of dollars more than they had, and they have been lining up for foreclosure proceedings and bankruptcy court for years on end, with the line only getting longer as we speak.

      They were blinded to financial risk by the indoctrinations of the “shock and awe” terrorism of the mainstream media (and we can count the entire public education system as part of the mainstream media since it was designed and is funded by the same commercial interests that guide all governing). There is always a hysteria or crusade (holy war) that is more socially popular than realistic business advising. In the land of the blind(ed), the one-eyed man is king.

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