31 August 2005

The Culture of Fear

The fear machine is filling up fast...and it's cooking with gas.

"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts. Attitudes. Prejudices. To be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and the thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to The Twilight Zone."
-Rod Serling, "The Monsters are due on Maple Street"

Take a chill pill.

It seems that mass hysteria is brewing this afternoon over gas prices. People are rushing to the stations in town to fill up their tanks.

This isn't the first time this has happened recently in the U.S., and I'm sure it's not the last.

Basically, we all making a mountain out of a mole hill, and it's all very similar to the Twilight Zone episode entitled "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street":

"The episode ends with two alien observers watching the rioting on Maple Street and discussing how easy it was to create paranoia and panic, and let the people of Earth destroy themselves — one place at a time.

'Understand the procedure now? Just stop a few of their machines... throw them into darkness for a few hours and then sit back and watch the pattern...
They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find and it's themselves.' "

Apparently, the only thing we have to fear is ourselves.

Take Frankie's advice.

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