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I’m continuing my reporting on the current installment of Conservative Estimate, the recently founded website that is devoted to demolishing Conservatism.

Yesterday Mr. George showed us that Fear is at the bottom of all Conservatism, and that Fear boxes conservatives into very constricted patterns of thought.

Today he discusses what it will take to overcome the pervasive force of Fear: aligning ourselves against Fear and alongside Creativity and its companion, Freedom.

A detour around the whirling oranges will take us to his argument for today.

Mr. George begins by explaining that Fear has been the dominant force the Force in human existence in the past. All the Major Myths, he says, have their foundations set in Fear.

But the force that will guide the future is Creativity. It is the natural enemy of Fear:

The Force that will dominate the future is Creativity. It is the natural companion of Freedom, which has been increasing in the world for several centuries now. The time has come to realize that we can no longer both promote Freedom and hold on to Fear. Either we are going to remain fearful creatures and lose our freedom, or we are going to become free beings and lose our fear. Over the next few days we will show why this is so.
Most people, says Mr. George, do not understand that there is a profound connection between Creativity and Freedom, nor do they grasp the fact that both can be energized just by abandoning Fear.
Once you establish fears, you lock yourself into certain behaviors, certain opinions, certain views of the world. Thus locked in, your responses to events are largely determined; you limit yourself to trying to preserve the status quo, which you feel to be your safety zone.

Fear is the lock that keeps Creativity and Freedom in chains.

To break the lock is to give up Fear. And here is the secret connection between Freedom and Creativity: Refusal to submit to Fear opens up new vistas. New suns rise over the horizon. The fearless person can see destinations that fearful people cannot see, and they can set out for those places long before the fearful can even understand that there is a place to go.

Mr. George goes on to point out that fearlessness that is characteristic of true creative genius:
This is the real appeal of all those who have blessed humanity with their creative gifts. In at least one area of their lives they became utterly fearless; they set out to attain goals that the more fearful could not even imagine; and they brought into being things that were new, useful, and beautiful.
Now that he has elaborated on the enmity between Fear and Creativity, tomorrow Mr. George will reevaluate the primary fears at the bottom of Conservatism, and show how they lead us to live pathetically cramped lives.

I’ll be reporting back each day as a new installment appears.

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  •  Creativity and real Freedom living is like Extreme (3+ / 0-)

    Sports. At first when one watches an extreme sport (dangerous looking) one might think that's crazy. Who would do something like that, but as one watches that lone skier on top of a mountain that can only be reached by a dare devil helicopter pilot, and watches the skier ski where no one else has ever skied before, it becomes breath-taking, awesome and the 'wish I could do that' thought creeps into one's head...

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:41:05 AM PST

  •  Fear, I would argue, is endemic to people (6+ / 0-)

    whose sensory perceptions are somehow skewed or insufficient to give them a realistic, manageable perspective on their environment. If they are at sea, so to speak, they cannot feel secure. Rather, they are likely to be easily startled and surprised and any novel event is likely to cause distress.
    Some people have specific fears, of heights, for example, and those we find easy to understand. Others develop sudden phobias for no particular reason and have panic attacks. These sudden-onset problems are no longer unusual, so we are making efforts to understand them. But people whose state of fear is endemic and likely existent from childhood, have no basis for even recognizing that their condition is peculiar. I used to think that fear was manufactured for the purpose of subjugating others, but later came to realize that in some people it is a permanent condition and there is no way to change it. Evidence to the contrary just doesn't register.
    Fear is obviously not lethal. It may just be a genetic anomaly like musical talent or a photographic memory. Random.
    Randomness is very upsetting to people because it makes their existence unpredictable and call into question the usefulness of memory. Yet, randomness is the way of the universe, isn't it? I don't think it bothers the wary. But, not all humans are aware, are they?

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:47:32 AM PST

    •  This randomness became clear to me when my (5+ / 0-)

      adopted Korean grandson came into my life and talk of his birth mother came up. I said 'No one gets to choose their parents, family, race, country etc." He's asked me many times if I was his real mother. (Probably because we love each other so much or bonded) He calls me his twin (he's 8), but on the other side of your point about how upsetting randomness is to Lots of people, the bigots in my family cannot understand how much I am able to love this 'not-blood child'.  It blows my mind.

      Very symbolic of the fears that abound and how hurtful to self and others the Fears are..

      Fear also seems to spread like wild-fire, especially in group settings.. (The NRA, gun fight of late example comes to mind.)

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

      "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

      by roseeriter on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:59:45 AM PST

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  •  Fear is a sea we all can drown in if our ship goes (6+ / 0-)

    down. But some worry constantly about the ship that carries is going to sink. Whole riffs are published about things that have not come to pass and probably never will... People read into words  fearsome results...You speak to truth about fear but I have also read a recent book which made good sense that spoke of the value of fear. I have to place the thoughts in some context with my resistence to a controlled by others existence, bound by fear.

    Those who have been exploited or abused have a hard road to travel but at least the illusion of a safe pattern, a safe home, a safe world is less likely though some are driven to create a stronger illusion. I am tolerant of all but those who impose thier beliefs, needs and exploit others like what they are is only something to make thier greed thrum... they miss the true meaning of life which is not breathing, eating, breeding and crapping. It is your chance to see life in all its messiness and glory...  To savor it and to try to see all the levels our senses deny us.

    Real freedom comes from having a base within ones self of discipline and intent but having behavior only approved if set in concrete is not freedom. It makes the road you travel here rather worthless if your impact is only to satisfy the hungers you have without regard to all other life... treating lives cheaply because you cannot see the deeper connections. I t makes the world fearsome for others to be prey and to be exploited and to be marginalized.

    I seek to free myself from fear because only then can I clearly see all life around me and its interaction. How often do people cry out for war like it will destroy the nebulous fear of living which is dying.  Fear truly is the mind killer and the heart killer and the reason killer and maybe the world that humans can live in killer. IF so the fearful (and controllers are fearful) steal something from all life that benefits no one. I would rather have one day of glorious lack of fear then a lifetime of huddling in bunkers, clinging to weapons and hoarding more then I need. That wastes this life completely in its total lack of value. Stupid rigid people think that the rules of ancient peoples have some more importance then them seeking to improve and optimize life for all... THose rules were in a world far more hazardous and fearful.

    Fear is the Mind Killer...

    by boophus on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 04:56:53 AM PST

  •  have nothing to add at the moment but (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    roseeriter, a2nite, AgavePup, SilentBrook

    the subject is perhaps the most important i've read about on kos, because it's about the basic condition of human life

    any effort to effect the changes needed in the way we live on the planet has to begin here, with acknowledgement of the power of fear

    thanks for this diary, i'll be thinking and following

    •  Alfred George has dealt with the Fear component (1+ / 0-)
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      SilentBrook

      in his early posts on the Myth of Scarcity and the Myth of Self-interest.

      If you are interested in what he has to say, go here, scroll to the bottom of the right-hand column, and read, from the bottom up, all the posts from "The Myth of Scarcity 1" to "The Myth of Self-interest 5."

  •  Disagree - need to weed out false hope (0+ / 0-)

    yep false hope is the problem

    Clive Hamilton in his “Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change” describes a dark relief that comes from accepting that “catastrophic climate change is virtually certain.” This obliteration of “false hopes,” he says, requires an intellectual knowledge and an emotional knowledge. The first is attainable. The second, because it means that those we love, including our children, are almost certainly doomed to insecurity, misery and suffering within a few decades, if not a few years, is much harder to acquire. To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut-level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to the devastation of the ecosystem, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality. The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful truth—intellectually and emotionally—and continue to resist the forces that are destroying us.
    The human species, led by white Europeans and Euro-Americans, has been on a 500-year-long planetwide rampage of conquering, plundering, looting, exploiting and polluting the Earth—as well as killing the indigenous communities that stood in the way. But the game is up. The technical and scientific forces that created a life of unparalleled luxury—as well as unrivaled military and economic power—for the industrial elites are the forces that now doom us. The mania for ceaseless economic expansion and exploitation has become a curse, a death sentence. But even as our economic and environmental systems unravel, after the hottest year in the contiguous 48 states since record keeping began 107 years ago, we lack the emotional and intellectual creativity to shut down the engine of global capitalism. We have bound ourselves to a doomsday machine that grinds forward, as the draft report of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee illustrates.
    have you noticed that the normal ups and downs of our politics are irrelevant.

    have you noticed that Obama works for the 1%

    the above was published yesterday

    http://www.commondreams.org/...

  •  Your link (0+ / 0-)

    isn't working for me.

    GOP: Bankers, billionaires, suckers, and dupes.

    by gzodik on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 06:54:10 AM PST

  •  I've said for long time that if Americans can (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, SilentBrook

    renounce fear that the Republicans would have absolutely nothing to run on.  They, and their Fox, Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and the like spend hundreds of millions sowing the seeds of fear among Americans, and the crop they reap is Republican officeholders.

    End fear, end Republicans.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:27:46 AM PST

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