Fear is one of a person’s basic feelings and has a really positive meaning in our lives. It is one of our means of survival. While it’s not nice to experience this feeling, its appearance is actually a sign of good mental health, as long as it’s just a reaction to a real danger. But when fear appears on the basis of some imaginary threat, it becomes a neurotic symptom and emerges as anxiety. In this article, we are going to explore the connection between fear and ignorance and unknown fear.
Just like all other emotions, fear can reach different levels of intensity. It can turn from a simple suspicion into a complete panic. When fears are low, the situation is relatively easy to get over. But when the levels of fear are high, in that case, fear can really transcend the mechanisms of our body. There are even cases where fear leads to complete paralysis.
Neurotic fears can sometimes become quite complex and intricate, and may even continue after the stimulus that aroused those fears has disappeared. In addition, there are different lifestyles, plans we make in life, and these are all built around fear. These types of people are completely enslaved by human fear, situations, or the things around them, and they also act accordingly. We can also see socially aroused fears that seek to break people’s freedom and make them more manipulable.
Fear of the unknown
One of the most profound fears, which is also present in all of us, is the fear of the unknown. If something or situation is unknown to us, we are usually afraid of it, even if it is not a threat to us in any way. If you suddenly collided on the street with a person with four hands, you would most likely take a few scary steps back. And if you don’t have any knowledge of biology, your fear may be much greater. It is less fear than ignorance; what in this case feeds fear is a person’s inability to understand.
Similar things bring calm and serenity, while unknown things frighten us in different ways. As we begin to understand things, we begin to get closer to a sense of familiarity. And on the other hand, whatever is strange and incomprehensible, it scares us.
If we face some new situation but there are elements in it that we recognize, we will feel calmer. For example, if we visit a city unknown to us, it doesn’t scare us that much, as its houses, buildings, and streets are similar to other cities we know. But if we visit in a completely unfamiliar environment, this same situation can be completely different.
Imagine visiting Antarctica and there you encounter an animal you have never seen before. One of your natural reactions would be fear. Fear and the unknown go hand in hand.
Fear and ignorance
Knowing and knowing things makes us calm down, but ignorance puts us in a state of alarm. We don’t have to go to Antarctica to experience this feeling. In today’s world, we live in the midst of really serious unknown dangers, such as the so-called public “uncertainty”. In certain areas and in certain countries, when you go out, you can in no way know what is happening to you there. If someone tells you that a particular street is dangerous, you will be scared when you have to drive along that street, even if it seems pretty safe to you.
The same can be applied to the phenomenon called “terrorism”. Terrorism causes fear precisely because we do not know when, where and how it can happen. Because terrorism cannot be limited to one area, it is basically everywhere. It becomes a ubiquitous threat that causes constant fear to arise. In this case, just as in the previous case, fear and ignorance, or lack of knowledge, are together a deadly mix. The impossibility of anticipating what we know or believe makes us work.
Fear of unpredictability
The behavior of these phenomena is unpredictable, as we do not have all the information or knowledge that would allow us to give a consistent answer. All of these “global threats” make us anxious, and this makes us trust people in positions of power. They represent the control that we ourselves lack. Sometimes we feel like they exist to save us from these uncertainties when we face danger. They save us from fear and ignorance.
Just as primitive people feared lightning and thunder because they didn’t know what it was or how to defend against it, in the same way people today fear it when or where danger might strike them. We have this fear because we know it can harm us without warning, and it doesn’t give us any time to flex our danger.
Just as in ancient times people invented false gods to protect themselves, today we rely on the exceptional qualities given to some leaders who promise to fight danger. In this way, just as knowledge frees us and makes us more capable of doing the right thing, so ignorance condemns us as slaves to fear.