Yes, I know how to release fears and try to live from a stance of love
And yet why is it I can still discover my liver in a quiver?
Is it the H1N1 in every handshake
the aluminum in antipersperant
the lysteria in the salmon or the salmonella in the chicken
or undoubtedly the e-coli in our spinach?
Perhaps it's the pickpockets waiting at the airport
the threat of imminent economic collapse
the long-robed pedophiles in the parsonage
or the teenage pirates on the high seas?
Could it be the tsunamis from the earthquakes
the 'sleeping' pilots in the cockpits
the rising toll of joblessness and homelessness
or the threat of global warming?
Is it the creepy crawlies on our keyboards
the cholesterol in those quarter pounders
the arsenic and chlorine in our water
or the bacteria hiding in our showerheads?
Maybe it's the nasty nitrates in the salami
the plaque in everybody's arteries
the ponzi scheme from my new investment broker
or the killing fields initiated by blatant lies?
Is it the religious zealot announcing Armageddon
the looming threat of cancer from the sun
the sexual predators around every corner
or the meteorite headed down to earth?
Is it the fear of dwindling rainforests
fear of mononucleosis from a kiss
the desperation of starving millions
or airline passengers with bombs in their shoes?
Are there drunken drivers speeding toward us
thieves vying for our identities
mercury in our tasty tuna
or Osama's suicide bombers in our midst?
Are we in danger of ingesting radio-active carcinogens
or is there HIV in those body fluids
Pornographers lurking on the internet
Stalkers outside your house?
Is the government about to go bankrupt?
Will you get medical care when you need it?
Will you lose your hearing at the concert?
Will they find polyps in our collective colons?
Is there a reason we are told
of so many dangers?
Does it keep us discouraged, demoralized, docile and easy to lead and mislead?
Does it scare us into submission?
Does it keep us from taking a stand?
Are we so frozen by imminent danger
that we become unable to act or advocate?
And is that exactly what 'they' want?
And why am I saying 'they'?
Are our leaders fear mongerers on purpose?
Is it all a clever control contrivance?
If we're continually scared by terrorist alerts
will we sheepishly comply with government agendas?
Or am I simply suffering
from media fatigue
or has the media,
:) as a secret agent of the government :)
imbued me with paranoid personality disorder?
And should I be afraid
of that too?
For those of you who do not know me well, please be advised that this post is done with semi-tongue-in-cheek! No I am not going around quivering in my boots, but after laying in front of the television for a while because of a sore throat, I was inspired to write this post. All of the news and advertisements seemed to be warnings about the next threat or danger facing the public. While each threat seems to have merit, what is the overall effect of constantly hearing this on a person's psyche? Does it make us freeze like a deer in the headlights? Does it wear us down and make us unable to act for ourselves, our communties, our world?
What is the daily, monthly, yearly toll of this enslaught of warnings about impending danger?