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American Politics and a Weird Fear

Updated on December 17, 2017
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Political Science, Philosophy, Business were majors and minors in undergrad. Post areas in Law, Security, Insurance and Theology.

Extreme Anxiety is No Laughing Matter

We look for commonality not division.
We look for commonality not division. | Source

Joe Does Not Get A Mental Disease From Sally. It is Not communicable!

I really do not care which “side of the aisle” or political affiliation one has. But I was reading some about what we call the “greatest generation”. And it scared me. We have left our heritage of bravery and perseverance for whining and fear of the future. “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR's First Inaugural Address is something we have taken and trashed. It is not my intention to belittle people who are genuinely afraid of what may happen. I am quite aware that their truth is one of fear.

Fear does not win battles. Fear does not steer a proper course. Fear does not bring good children into our world. Fear does not teach our children. Fear does not encourage exceptionalism. Fear is antagonistic of faith. Fear cripples. Fear causes illness. Fear is the hell of creation.

Why would someone choose fear as opposed to hate or hope? Fear is an inside job. It can be a phobia like a fear of spiders or clowns. Fear is real but the clown and the spider do not cause it. Someone must choose to be afraid. I do a nasty nasty job of fearing heights. The ledge I walk on like a curb is no problem unless it is 50 feet above ground – but it is the same old ledge and curb so I somehow choose to be a frightened child if height is involved.

This is not the fault of the height it is due to my paranoia.

Back in a day long ago when I was an adrenaline junky I would even dive off of high cliffs that I was afraid of just for the rush. Maybe that is bad, was bad, but I am alive and I came out grinning.

So when I got to reading all kinds of stuff I fell upon this crazy notion from those crazy Jesus followers. Matthew 6:27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Now hold on there I do not poo poo the notion that some people have anxiety, depression and other disorders. But what I see of late is that they blame them on someone or thing. Watch out now that is not good. My mama was a fine nurse for a factory that built our aircraft to win WWII. Can you imagine if she were fear driven? What about Rosie the Riveter? How in the heck could they have stormed Normandy if they were all fearful of FDR sitting in a wheelchair?

Is a Sunset Beautiful For All Races?

So the democrat and the republican saw the same sunset and both thought it beautiful.
So the democrat and the republican saw the same sunset and both thought it beautiful. | Source

Being Not Rich Does Not Justify Mental Illness.

Why Can We Feel Entitled To Judge Another?

There are really people out there that somehow come up with a notion that a situation can make you ill. I am serious. For sure some people think that someone else causes them to have a mental disorder. I can guarantee you that my Christmas credit card debt is causing my depression!! The debt is what causes me to be disabled where I cannot work as I am too riddled by my disorder caused by high interest rates. If that does not sound lunatic then I have pity on your soul, brain and body.

And so even the least of us mentally capable folks get the gist of the idea. Circumstances do not cause mental illness. And 100% fear of future events is off the chart an indication of a pre-existing psychological disorder. We are not speaking here of a rightful reaction to a loss or injury.

Check this out if you are leery of my above quote of FDR and my Bible reference. Just a fun one off the internet: Stress, Health, and Hormones. Things like stress, using alcohol or drugs, and hormone changes also affect the brain's delicate chemistry and mood. Some health conditions may cause depression-like symptoms. For example, hypothyroidism is known to cause a depressed mood in some people.

So interesting because I have cancer and that does not cause an anxiety/depression disorder but the mere notion of Trump causes folks to have disorders? Let me see; I have cancer now. You have worry about the future. Which one of us should be more crazy anxious about life. America cannot be the beacon as long as it is inhabited by folks that do not heed FDR. Fear is the fear that kills a heart. Fear is the reality of one detached from reality. Handwringing of tomorrow or what might be or who might be is ludicrous.

I jumped down all smooth like under my desk in Kindergarten. And I put my hands over my neck and when called I hustled down to the basement of my school. All orderly like, once a month. I always got a star from Ms. Tinsley, my teacher, for doing it right. I actually understood that the actions would not prevent me from being fried by an Atomic bomb.

I do declare that I was only about twelve. My elder brother had led and coaxed me up to about a 2,000 foot sheer sided red rock cliff about a mile up from Sedona Arizona. We could go back and avoid the cliffhanger or we could push on and hitchhike back to our family cabin.

The swarthy bastard tied a few pieces of clothes together for me to “belay” with. He did not do it because it would work and he did not do it because I needed it, he did it to waylay my fears and I made it just fine.

The ride home was in the back of a pickup by a man who had been my father’s patient and he owed him. I was intoxicated by fear. It went round and round in my head. But when I fell asleep in the mountain meadow it was one of the finest sleeps I ever had.

Life ain’t good it is damn good.

Love is Far More Important Than Your Opinion

"I am so right and they are so wrong"?
"I am so right and they are so wrong"? | Source

Years Ago I Was Allowed to Sing This In a Public School Christmas Play. I Don't Think It Offended or Drove Anyone Mad.

Merry Christmas

My son came home with a drawing of a Menorah and next something to do with Kwansa. I think this week will be a Buddha thing and a Christian thing. Our school teaches without priority of who. I am proud of my public school.

If You Have Not Hung Out in The Worlds Greatest Slums and Ghettos But Sit In Your Home Worried About ????? Get It Together and Go Volunteer.

So there I was about ready to hit the toughest largest drop in snow skiing downhill in a place called Wolf Creek Pass. In about 1.8 kilometers you go thousand feet down. A virtual cliff. Yes speeds have been clocked there at over 90 kilometers an hour but only by those who crashed. You stand/crouch there in the starting gate hell bent on winning. But that is only about 40% the rest is complete terror of making it without dying. That is fear. And on my last attempt my back and kidneys were so injured in a fall that it was the end of my career. This is fear.

Worried about what a politician does is not fear unless the person makes it so. And then we are talking about a phobia without rational impetus. One time while working in Paris France we signed on to taking pictures of massacres in Africa. Totally stupid but for Jimmy Carter so it had to be right. The only thing more frightening than taking pictures of a holocaust is being shot at in the process. That is fear.

I was just standing there like an idiot. My wife was in serious pain. Our first baby was caught up in the umbilical chord. Her head popped out ready for birth but the chord was tight around her neck and she was all blue. I was there all Lamaze stuff. In mere seconds she would be brain damaged or not. Now I tell you people that is fear and what John McCain or Nancy Pelosi might do tomorrow is not fear. It is uncalled for worry, and is not worth our time to banter about.

Please people worry not. Accept not a normalcy of worry. Do not pile on in this insanity. Act right and true. Donate to causes, hail your understanding of God. Give more in your community by thinking globally but acting locally. You cannot gain one moment of life by worry, but you damn sure can lose it.

Oh Lord let us not trivialize real problems with make believe ones.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very Cool Lawrence. Thank you for commenting about F.E.A.R.

      Do not get me started on mistranlations for expedience. How in the heck can you copyright a Bible? There is only one legal way -- make it a substantially different writing ,,, let just say from Luther. Or even KJY and NKJV.

      I have 10 "Normal Bibles" all different and I have the Latin Vulgate and the Vietnamese translation and a two century old German translation. One has books like Wisdom and Thomas. Others do not. I like the Pope always but those guys sit on a two hundred year Book but they horribly only recently to they give Mass in local languages.

      Oops I got started -- sorry.

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      False

      Evidence

      Appearing

      Real.

      That's what fear masquerades as!

      By the way, the modern translations of the Bible mistranslate the word, and it shouldn't be so much 'fear' as respect, or reverence for God is the beginning of wisdom.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a great discussion. I know a gal from a very backward country, although getting so much better. Big bugs could kill you there. And electricity often had no ground and the wires were actually exposed to the elements - about 1930 at the latest for America.

      So someone would die from these to conditions almost daily.

      This gal moved here to the US but there is no way to get the fear, born of survival out of her. Christmas tree lights outside in rain and snow freaked her out and any spider sends her house into chaos.

      But as long as that fear is focused and there is a spirit of love and faith in God, the big picture wins out.

      Fear is like rungs on a ladder. Keep 'em down low.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 2 months ago from Washington DC

      I want to address your definition of fear.

      Somewhere is the notion that "the 'fear' of god is the beginning of wisdom" which, to me, contradicts the definition I believe you are ascribing to "fear" which is "to shut down every attribute except defensive mechanisms" which prohibits learning. By the 'fear of god' statement I would say fear means "to approach with cautious learning" and the same as education's definition of "objectively observe, participate as needed for different outcomes, reason with them and learn how to explain your findings".

      By the understanding of "afraid and scared" I have you are ascribing it to fear, "to shut down every attribute except defensive mechanisms". On the other hand, when one "fears" by the definitions I've provided they are afraid only enough to prepared to protect themselves while continuing to investigate the matter. Applied to everything one approach, be it love and/or the other things in your second paragraph, the fearing one will have a complete grasp of the each situation and will always be ready to act according to whatever aspect presenting itself.

      Except for fear's definition throughout it I disagree with and there fact that "worry without having investigating the matter(s) to determine cause and effect" your finial analysis and I are in agreement. Well done minus our minor? disagreement in terms.

      Joyous holiday season to you brother Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is a strange world out there. I still live in this la la land because my life is so great.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 months ago from Shelton

      I hate to admit it.. but I agree

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank I have a Capitol Hill daughter and she is adamant that most of the people vote not in favor of someone but in fear or hate of the other one.

      A new point along these lines are today. Let us just say that 50% of people are against our new tax plan because it will hurt them - fear.

      Now what possible amount of those people have read - oh let us say 300 pages of the 479 page plan? Fear is the only explanation. Contempt and fear prior to investigation.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 months ago from Shelton

      an awesome hub Eric, no matter what side of the table you're sitting at.. exhaustingly wonderful write...:)

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      Kari Poulsen 2 months ago from Ohio

      Not happy, but still joyful. Yes, this is my life now. I'm sure, by the grace of God, it will become happy and joyful. Thanks, Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kari thank you for sharing that with people here. I have "suffered" with depression. I write "suffered" because I really did not for long. Oh I still had that chemical type imbalance but a very good friend reminded that suffering is always optional.

      So I was able to be quite depressed with all those crazy symptoms and meds seemingly only making it worse. But I was basically sure God had His reasons and my fine wife felt so also.

      Some people could not get me being clinically depressed but, maybe not happy, but joyfilled. It does not match our stereotype. But with God all is possible.

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      Kari Poulsen 2 months ago from Ohio

      I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I went through many changes in my life and have not been handling them well. I think I'm doing better. As God says, worry will not add an hour to my life.

      I know real fear. I was once going to jump across some rocks at the top of a waterfall. I just couldn't make my legs do it. It was the strangest thing, when my brain told them to, they trembled. I know my depression and anxiety stem from me and changes I have to make. I am making them, but it seems like baby steps. I know that this is not me!

      Part of the problem is I completely agree with Linda. I feel as if my depression and anxiety is saying I do not trust God. God has plans for me, for a future and for my good. I know these things. I have made up my mind to get out of this hole, but it seems to take so long!

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am glad you mentioned a sponsor. At one point I was self medicating anxiety and worry which only exacerbated my condition.

      Now I just use radar and blast it out of the water before it gets close enough to hurt me.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for your nice comment Patricia. I too suffered from a fear so bad that I had to self medicate and I began to lie to myself.

      (This kind of work of writing is very difficult for me. I never want to discount what another feels, I must respect that, but....)

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita I really like your analogy of the ladder. It reminded me of one step forward and two steps back sometimes. And even going down a rung will teach us something new as our perspective changed.

      Seems like climbing our ladder is the juice of life - The Rasa; Bharata?

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Demas. I always appreciate it when a friend catches my error and cares enough to let me know.

      I worked around a preach that followed a Missal and did the same sermons on the same Sunday every year. I swore I would try hard never to do that.

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      Patricia Scott 2 months ago from sunny Florida

      So well said, Eric. Fear immobilizes and leaves us powerless. I was the chained to fear that was paralyzing me for many years...I had become a master at worrying...if worrying worked I would have been able to take care of all of the worlds ills just by my efforts. But alas I woke up and found that was not the way. Blaming someone else or something else for our behaviors yields nothing. Allowing it to happen gives our power away. Sending many prayers to you and Angels as well. Merry Christmas ps

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      manatita44 2 months ago from london

      My piece is supporting you, by the way. For you have hit on a major problem or 'slice' of ignorance for human beings. Linda, my Dearest, is right, of course, but we take the view in Yoga that many are not there as yet. On this beautiful ladder of Love there are so many rungs!

      How nice it would be if we were all on the same rung, but we aren't. So what is like drinking water for one, may be pain to another. Nevertheless, you and I, plus others, are like shining beacons who continue the work. Praise be!!

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      Perspycacios 2 months ago

      Minor cleanup: Why Can We Can Feel Entitled To Judge Another?

      Always good insights and commentary. An old sermon, or something new each time?

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jackie, Linda is a blessing. We are blessed to know her.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Totally agree with Linda, I could not have said it better.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda such a fine comment and compliment to our Lord. My wife is way out there giving thanks for such things as my illness and a family loss.

      She feels God within us and will cotton nothing but faith. Truly a miracle in love. It is hard to feel sorry for ourselves if we walk in love.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, it is hard not to criticize. But I see my friends suffering from something in the sky and over there. I go to those places but find freedom, they go there and find horrible shackles I love to remove for them but cannot.

      I am teaching my 7 year old tonight to sing Drummer Boy. We do not do fear.

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      Linda Lum 2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I must confess that I do not always follow my own advice, but I do offer these words.

      When you are troubled, take your cares to God. (“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30).

      And then, walk away. Walk away from the worry. If you do not, if you continue to hold onto the consternation it is as if you are saying that you do not trust in God.

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      manatita44 2 months ago from london

      For me, Eric, this is one of your best work!! A brilliant piece almost from the word go and a very topical piece as also. Flowed well and stuck to the idea. Very engaging for me. You also reminded me of two pieces that am fond of by Guruji:

      " Never worry about things you cannot change."

      " What ever happens in Divine Providence is always for the best, as there is no alternative."-Sri Chinmoy. Excellent Hub!!

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