By, Linda Stockton
Fear is a powerful emotion. It dominates and enslaves the brain, trapping one’s cognitive thinking into the amygdala. That’s where the “fight or flight” emotion at comes from. In traumatic situations, that fear actually “lives” there, causing PTSD and a whole laundry list of other emotional and mental maladies. There are many, many feelings we prescribe to which have fear at their base. Indecision, anger, criticism, hurt, offense, derision, hate, defensiveness, rage….the list goes on and on. Fear reigns supreme in the human existence.
And many people seeking power have learned to use fear as a tool. To manipulate, torture or punish another human being. Dictators use it systematically to oppress people all over the world. It’s inhumane and disgusting but incredibly powerful and effective. Politicians use doomsday rhetoric to place fear in the heart of the voter. Of course placing themselves as the savior who can dispel all fear and make rainbows and butterflies magically appear. It’s happening now, on both sides, with an intensity which surpasses all elections that have come before. One need only look at the absolute hysteria from the people on both sides who are blindly spouting hate and lies on behalf of “their” chosen candidate.
Don’t fall for it! Don’t let FEAR rule your heart and sway your vote!
Remember the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt at his first inaugural, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” This cannot be stated more perfectly. Fear is only useful in a fight or flight situation. In that case, it may save your life. But to dwell there, to stay enslaved by fear…for the future, for the election, for the “what ifs”… is to turn your soul over to a relentless and cruel emotion which will eventually suck the life out of you. It will undermine your decisions and cripple your ability for reasonable thinking. This is not how we are meant to live our lives. Be free of it and let it go.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~2 Timothy 7
As we close the most contentious, unseemly and dirtiest election season in our history, Please America, don’t be steeped in fear for the future. God is still and will always be in control. Vote your conscience, vote your heart and continue to believe in this, the greatest nation on Earth.
“BE NOT AFRAID, ONLY BELIEVE.” ~Mark 5:36
May God Bless us all, and may God Bless America.