The Lure of Fear Porn

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Fri, Sep 12, 2014 - 2:23pm

How many of you thought that something might happen on the anniversary of 9/11? And yet, the day came and went without much fanfare, and the media was focused on their latest mob lynching - this time, football player Ray Rice. (While I don't condone violence against women, I don't condone violence, period, and Ray Rice's transgression pales in comparison to the beheadings and religious genocide going on in the Middle East right now.)

Prior to 9/11, conspiracy forums and websites were warning of some sort of attack, false flag or otherwise. I listened to one radio show where for three hours the hosts and guests breathlessly warned people to get right with God before the hammer came down, because supposedly "within two hours" the entire country would get shut down and all trucks to grocery stores would be stopped - among other disasters, including EMP attack and Ebola.

I don't mean to poke undue fun at these folks, most of whom are sincere and many who may be right about the dangers ahead but wrong about the timing. However, I think some folks might do well to take a good hard look at themselves and whether or not they actually want the country to be destroyed on some level.

I'm thinking of a well-known "conspiracy" guy whom I'll call John Johnson. I don't want to call him out personally, as he's representative of a lot of men in this field. He's a good example of someone whom I consider to be well-meaning but perhaps unconsciously gunning for the big disaster to happen. He says there's no hope for America. He likes to go on and on about God's judgment. He spends a lot of his radio time ranting about how people need to prepare and very little time actually talking about the facts or sources behind his warnings.

My feeling is that he's put himself out there so much on this topic, that his ego now needs a collapse to happen, so he can feel justified in being "right." Does he consciously want people to hurt and starve? No. But his entire credibility would break into little pieces if America actually managed a turnaround. He's too invested in the fall to invest in hope. And that's sad.

But what about us? What about us folks who read these articles, and listen to these doom reports, and who feed off this constant barrage of bad news? Why do we like it so much?

Psychologists might say that we're simply addicted to an adrenaline rush - and it's this same rush that makes people like horror movies and scary rollercoaster rides.

I also think on some level, we want disaster to happen. We don't genuinely want people to die and suffer, but there's a shadow side in every human that perhaps does. This is why people joke about California falling into the sea.

Perhaps it's not so much about wanting to see more suffering, but less suffering...but in a macabre way. The left often gets hammered for this, because they want population control due to fears of overpopulation. But the right engages in this thinking too. I'll bet apples to oranges that a lot of Americans, regardless of political party, are simultaneously scared to death of Ebola, and at the same time wondering if it might not be better, in the long run, if the overpopulation in Africa is culled to a certain extent. Maybe the end result would be that something better could be built on the ashes.

This is the same shadow sentiment that I believe runs through the attraction to "fear porn." We know thing are messed up, and feel helpless to fix them. So our shadow side thinks maybe it's just better if we take the chess game and just throw the board up into the air and start over.

Consider the following brilliant video mocking college students who are focused on "microaggression":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjmUgjWle5w

(You can read some of these microaggression reports here.)

A natural reaction to watching that video would be to consider that maybe our young people have too much time on their hands; maybe they might benefit from a little bit of suffering. When we see how ridiculous and decadent our culture has become - when "ghost sex" starts becoming a hot thing - it's hard not to want to to see some of these ridiculous whiny narcissists "get theirs."

Are we just cruel for thinking that? Would it be better if the college student - whining about a small facial gesture - was forced to experience the very real violence being perpetrated right now by ISIS? Of course not, but we wouldn't mind if that student had to clean a few extra toilets or go to boot camp for a few months.

Hmmm..perhaps the focus on "microaggression" is the college student's version of fear porn. Maybe they need to have something negative to focus on, and, being oblivious to real problems, have to go create some. You'd think they could maybe funnel that energy into going to Africa and helping people first-hand, but that's not in their wheelhouse. They want some challenge, but not too much.

Is the price of prosperity always an increase in ungratefulness and a penchant for manufacturing negativity where none exists or is needed? While at the same time ignoring or downplaying real problems?

Does our shadow side crave the dark? Worse - does it want just enough darkness so we can complain and bitch about it, but not so much that we need to actually do something?

Now, don't get me wrong. I do think that part of the reason why we are attracted to "fear porn" is that we know something is terribly wrong, and we want and need validation for our feelings of unease. It would be wrong to write off all warnings of doom as just "fear-mongering."

At the same time, a healthier approach would be to look for solutions, rather than just accepting the worst or even reveling in it - or creating problems where none exist. (Or focusing on problems that aren't our problem, like Ray Rice's relationship with his wife.) We have enough real problems that need tending to.

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Spartacus Rex
Sep 12, 2014 - 2:47pm

Welcome Back Stephanie

Hope the vacation was awesome! Cheers, S. Rex

ancientmoney
Sep 12, 2014 - 2:55pm

Fear porn has been forced on us . . .

Anybody who has taken a serious look at 9/11 has a right to fear those in power. If you look at the multitude of actions taken by the power elite over the last several years, and which have been enumerated here on this blog many, many times, it is sort of hard to think that everything is rosy.

I was raised to look at things positively. But lately, it is impossible for me to not wonder when the next shoe is going to drop.

JustDale
Sep 12, 2014 - 2:59pm

Happy Now??

Well, there you went and ticked me off. I was having a great day, too. Women!!

I'm going to go and think about it for a little while, and when I can properly explain why I feel so offended, I'll get back to you and let you know all about it...and me!

I just can't believe you did that to me. Maybe a little sensitivity-training is in order for you!...and some grief-counseling for me! I hope you're proud of yourself. You should know, by now, I deserved better than this! I'm out of here. I quit. I'm done.

Hope you can enjoy the rest of your day without me. Go micro-aggress somebody else. Good luck! Good riddance! Good-Bye!

Love and Best Regards...NWD

waxybilldupp
Sep 12, 2014 - 3:03pm

I keep waiting ....

But I guess nobody's going to jump in. Once again, Stephanie, you are willing to poke the dozing sheeple. I like it.

I do see numerous posts here in Turdville voicing a wish that "something would happen - let's get on with this, already". I too, wonder how long TPTB can keep this ship under sail. However, there really aren't any scenarios I can visualize that present an improved life for my children without some level of hardship along the way. The scenarios range (in my head) from minimal pain (difficulty finding jobs, continuing increases in inflation, growing government suppression) to the worst case (a full-on Mad Max world with perhaps hundred or two million dying in North America before some stability). I'm in no hurry for any of those possibilities.

The "minimal pain" scenario is clearly unavoidable - it's what we are blessed with right now. Not great, but it buys time to prepare for whatever is next. My young Jedi Knights have much training ahead of them. Ill prepared, they are. But if things can keep on keeping on for another decade, I would be just fine with that. Unlikely, but possible.

The other notion tossed around here I find troubling is, "My PMs are underwater. I wish things would hit the fan so they will quickly run 10X and I can sell out and make a bundle." If there was a crappier idea, I'm not sure what it might be. A quick 10X run begs the question: Sell them and then buy what? One would most likely have to sell them for FRNs. Yippie! If you thought FRNs were worthless when you bought PMs, what do you think their value will be when you trade PMs for them after a Harvey Organ bull run. Trade for real estate? Do you suppose RE might go up in FRN cost in the face of FRN collapse? Wishing for TSTHTF to turn a PM investment green is just plain dumb. Sorry if I'm stepping on a few Turdite toes here, but I'm solid on that opinion.

My only suggestions: Enjoy today and make it worthwhile; plan for tomorrow like it might be your last chance to do so.

wax off

lnardozi
Sep 12, 2014 - 3:13pm

I am not afraid

But I can easily understand fear porn. Oh, please Daddy, keep us safe!

Pathetic.

More people have died from BEE STINGS than have died from terrists.

Where's the war on BEES?

More people are imprisoned in our prisons for drug use than in any other nation.

Why are we so afraid of them that the War on Drugs still seems like a good idea?

Bankers rob and steal from us, trillions of dollars and the Federal Reserve helps them.

Why are we so afraid of a crash we let them steal from us?

Congress has a 9% approval rating and a 97% reelection rating.

Are we so afraid of missing our turn at the trough we can't run these people out?

I worked with the Paul campaign twice to help correct this, and got nothing but ridicule from the masses. Until we find a way to appeal to stupid people we'll never win.

ancientmoney
Sep 12, 2014 - 3:25pm

Cognitive Dissonance . . .

"There is only one rule to follow for all centers of power and that is to protect and preserve that power. This applies whether the power resides in governments, (central) banks, corporations, kings, pharaohs or Caesars all the way down to petty school yard bullies and megalomaniac Wal-Mart assistant managers.

If it is newly consolidated power acquired with the ‘consent’ of the people then initially those catered to will be “We the People”. But over time, as the absolute power corrupts absolutely, the fastest and easiest way to remain on top is through increasingly more widespread corruption via confiscating the wealth of the people and then spreading it among those few elite most able and available to assist in the maintenance of that power. Thus corruption spreads and infects everyone including “We the People” who in many cases must resort to these same methods in order to survive within the insanity. Either we become the mob or we die by the mob.

While anything goes in the pursuit of this goal, towards the end of Empire (regardless of the size of that empire) increasingly more ruthless and ‘efficient’ methods are employed to control the herd as the facade that originally kept “We the People” sedated and sated, or at least at bay, dissolves into an orgy of excess and opulence for those who ‘have’ and oppressive drugged drudgery for those who have not, all while “We the People’s” remaining money and wealth are debased and destroyed."

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-10/911-ultimate-litmus-test

Marchas45
Sep 12, 2014 - 3:29pm

Well Said Stephanie

Fear Porn, Love It!!! There are a few on here, also of course the media and the alternative media that are all about fear but very few about how we as individuals can help fix the problem because in my eyes it's an individual thing that it begins with.

I try myself not to get caught up on a few of the posts on here concerning fears (it's like seeing someone tied to a chair watching a tv program sometimes that just can't let go. ) Myself, I try to look towards the Positives and My Faith. Keep Stacking

BagOfGold
Sep 12, 2014 - 4:18pm

Stephanie...Not only is your article...

a priceless work of art & an "absolute scream"...but it is...

Welcome back Stephanie...we really missd you!!!...

Bag Of Gold

Thorus
Sep 12, 2014 - 4:28pm

Some thoughts . . .

>>>a healthier approach would be to look for solutions<<<

IMHO, the problem there is that the "solutions" for the problem that face our country would require us to rip out by the roots and discard many major decisions made over the last 100 years.

Start with the creation of the Fed in 1913, the creation of Social Security and the beginnings of the abandonment of gold backing for our currency in the 1930s. Then there was the creation of a huge number of expensive social programs in the 1960's such as Medicare and a host of welfare programs. There was the complete abandonment of gold backing for our currency in the 1970's, and the growth of an enormous number of regulatory bodies that have relentlessly chipped away at our freedoms.

From that point, most of us can remember additional bad decisions by the government within our lifetime that have continued to raise the cost of government, harm our economy, and limit our freedoms.

So when you talk about trying look for "solutions" to the problems our country faces, you're literally talking about discarding huge portions of our social landscape that have been created over the last century.

There are at least 2 problems with that: 1) the folks who get money, goods, or services directly from those programs are likely to strongly oppose their termination, and 2) around half of the country considers those programs that are dead weight anchors dragging down and killing our economy and depriving us of our liberty to be unmitigated good things!?!?

So at the individual level, there is doggone little any of us can do to make even the slightest dent in implementing the major structural changes that would be required to "solve" our country's problems.

Lacking the ability to solve things at the large scale required, that pretty much leaves one with the topics that regularly get discussed here to help us as individuals deal with the crisis we see coming: saving precious metals to deal with the coming financial crisis; acquiring productive farmland to feed you and your family; acquisition of food, water purification systems, seeds, informative books and useful equipment to help provide the necessities of daily life; and acquiring lead and delivery systems to protect all of the above.

Stephanie, I tend to agree with your premise that there are some folks who are so invested in failure that they're desperate to see it happen in order to validate their world view. But I'm not sure I see much of an achievable path forward that will "solve" our country's problems.

I think our perspective is more like the folks who survived the Dark Ages from the 6th-13th centuries - figure out how to keep our heads down, our bellies fed, and our bodies and homes warm. We're just looking to survive it in tolerably passable fashion, and hopefully we'll see what comes out on the other side.

Best Regards,

Thorus

ag1969
Sep 12, 2014 - 4:42pm

Maybe everyone is scared...

...because our government is the largest and most vicious band of terrorists on earth. They kill people both foreign and domestic, they allow the poisoning of our water, food, and pharmaceuticals, they drive around the streets of America in tanks and body armor, they violently suppress redress, they have bioweapons and HAARP, they blew up a couple of tall buildings in New York with nukes, airplanes disappear, chemtrails, FEMA Camps, billions of rounds of hollow point ammo, theft, wars, rumors of wars, anthrax, and this is just a partial list.

In the face of this, fear may just be rational, who knows? What may be needed in response is a whole lot of courage. Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the management of fear. We need to start looking to people with courage. Fear is contagious but so is courage. This may be one of the ties that bind us. It takes courage to point out the truth in a world of lies. Truth is the only thing that can put down fear, and that is why TPTB work so hard to make sure you are lied to constantly.

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