Fear: That’s What’s Going On


Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be kept by understanding.” —Albert Einstein

To understand what’s really going on in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York, we need to pick up the clarifying lens of fear. When I started my professional career, I used to listen to a tape by motivational speaker Brain Tracy called The Psychology of Success. I listened to that tape for years until it unraveled in my hands. As I listened to it, I remember tagging fear as the major cause of failure.

I concluded that fear had to be conquered in order to be successful in life. So when I find myself fearful, I resolve to work through the fear.

In a more recent quote, Tracy said, “The key to success is to focus on the things we desire, not the things we fear.” I desire peace in the world. But I think we need to confront fear as a driving emotion that must be understood, in order for that to happen. So let’s take a good look at fear within the context of current events unraveling in America today.

“I’m afraid of the Black man,” a white police officer admitted to a television news reporter. “My fight or flight response kicked in so I shot him. Couldn’t help it. I’m sorry.”

What caused George Zimmerman to shoot unarmed Travon Martin? Fear.

What caused Darren Wilson to shoot Michael Brown in the head? Fear.

What caused a Cleveland police officer to kill a twelve-year-old with a toy gun? Fear.

What caused Daniel Pantaleo to hold Eric Gardner in an illegal chokehold until death? Fear?? Irrational fear of an angry Black man on the streets? I think that explains it.

Have I been clear about what binds all of these cases of injustice together? Fear. Do we throw inalienable human rights away in the face of fear? I hope not.

Because fear interferes with the capacity to think logically.

It allows evil to take root in our lives.

But that’s what’s happening now. Fear is driving.

Can we turn it around?

We can.  We must.

We, as individuals, must struggle against evil and fear whenever we see it. We must face our personal fears and do what needs to be done today.

I believe that fear is at the root of all violence.

Fear of attack from others. Fear of material loss. Fear of losing control to others. Fear drives out love and replaces it with hate. Fear drives out friends and replaces them with enemies. Fear drives our hope and replaces it with pessimism. Fear drives out peace and replaces it with war.

And that’s the world’s problem.

Violence only breeds more violence. War is just a series of battles that no side wins all of the time.  Win today.  Lose tomorrow.  Fight another day.  Lose.  Win.  Surrender???

Yes, we can all surrender to peace.

We have race problems around the world and these problems will only be solved when we treat each other as members of the human race with inalienable rights. We all want and desire the same things in life: peace, love and happiness. Evil advances when weak people are intimidated into silence and strong people are kept in the dark. Evil takes a strong foothold when good people do nothing.

When you see evil, do something.

The founding fathers went to war in 1776 defending their inalienable human rights. They defined the rights of all to liberty in a dream that they put onto paper—the U.S. Constitution.

As Americans, we should protect the inalienable rights of all human beings to be free, resisting the actions of our government and other governments when human rights are trampled.

We must struggle against fear in the world.

No doubt fear is a great motivator, but love can trump it.

Love for God’s spirit that resides in all of us.

We must fight fear with courage and love.

People around the world are standing up for the inalienable rights of all members of the human race. Will you join in this movement? We must remember the horrors of three hundred years of slavery, apartheid, and the holocaust.  We must remember the dead children on the streets and villages of the world who had no opportunity for a great life.

Cut down in their youth.

How many people did nothing, when something could have been done?

None of us are helpless.  But war, targeted violence and rioting in the streets won’t make a positive difference in the near term.  Only building bridges of understanding will lead to lasting peace and hope for all of us.

We must focus our conscious mind on the changes we want in the world.

What can you do today?

Albert Einstein said, “The world is a dangerous place; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” Is there something you should be doing to make a difference today?

I want to create networks of people for peaceful change in the world.

Interested? Sign up for my Blog today. I’ll put you together with like-minded people to create projects that can make a difference in the world. We can do something today that changes the world forever. Join me.

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