There is nothing to fear but fear itself. (1)
These words spoken by Franklin D. Roosevelt have become famous for enlightening the United States to not be afraid. For years the people of the United States have spoken these words making them concrete. Yet the people of the United States fear more than just that, and have for centuries. Fear has taken over the life of mankind. It is the power of fear that controls us and has controlled history. It is fear that stops us from reaching our full potential; we are afraid. There is the control of fear in every action.
[...] The Nazi Party became stronger and more violent and used this to gain followers and stay in power. If a person were of German decent they were to join, even if they disagreed. The truth is who would want to stand up to a power as strong as the Nazis? It is highly unlikely that the entire Nazi Party agreed and followed Hitler and his beliefs. Although we do not know for sure, it is easy to assume that no one said anything out of fear. [...]
[...] It is so easy to give up as described by Loeb, “When political powerlessness overwhelms us, it's tempting simply to give up, or to rage at the world, convinced that no matter what we do, no one will listen and nothing will change” (324). The idea continues to say that once we allow ourselves to be defeated we lose all hope and are left with endless dark tunnel of bleakness with no windows or doors” (325). This is something that happens far too often. [...]
[...] It took one “woman with her groceries who was tired” to sit in the front of a bus to start a reform that would change the course of history. Personally I was similar in the thoughts of my voice not making a different. It has prevented me from speaking my mind regarding issues in the news and the United States. It took me awhile to realize that something as small as a soup kitchen can make a difference, even if it is for just one person. [...]
[...] The only “antidote to such paralysis is hope: defiant, resilient, persistent hope, no matter what the odds against us may It takes a lot for a person to overcome fear and it is impossible to fully be rid of fear. Fear eats away at a person and as stated by Graham it “[drains] every bit of confidence your body has left” If it is allowed, it takes over life itself. People spend too much time living in fear, fear of being fear of choosing, and basically fear of life. [...]
[...] As a result, all hope for change is lost because no one is going against the current setup. The fear to make a choice is a huge barrier to broad social change in contemporary society. When people are presented with a choice between two paths there can be two reactions. One is a guaranteed time of thought, wondering what the outcomes will be of both. The other is a quick decision followed later by doubt and rethought. Some choices are simple and the decision is easy to make, such as deciding between two different toys or ice cream flavors. [...]
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