30 November 2010

Rationalizing Fear

Rationalization:
- to ascribe (one's acts, opinions, etc.) to causes that superficially seem reasonable and valid but that actually are unrelated to the true, possibly unconscious and often less creditable or agreeable causes.
- to invent plausible explanations for acts, opinions, etc, that are actually based on other causes.

Have you ever watched a scary movie alone in the dark and suddenly every wind gust, every tree branch, or every creak in the house becomes something more, and you find yourself, phone in hand, blunt object in the other, locked away in your room, waiting. You eardrums pound with the beat of your heart. Your mind is full of ideas and you believe those ideas to be true, even if it is only your vivid imagination that has been stirred with these fictitious ideas that have made everything seem so real? You conjure up an idea and without proof to support or refute any claim, you trust the fear, and it consumes you. Your fear is real, regardless of whether or not there are any facts supporting it.

Do you stop to ask yourself, am I just making this up? That it might all just be in your mind, and nothing more.

There were times when I was really scared when I was home alone growing up, even into my teens. Empty houses make strange noises, most people know this. Now that I live alone, I can get a little spooked from time to time, but it is different now, because I have to reason that if there were someone out there, my dogs would bark and growl, and i would know something was up.

There are times that we have to ask ourselves if the things that we have been made to believe are real, or have we just been instilled with ideas that make us believe these things to be real??? The fear is real, but is that the only thing we prove to be true?

As a scientist I have a hard time believing anything without facts to support it, with the exception of my faith, and I suggest that everyone do the same. It is essential to our learning, our development, and to becoming a real part of society, and not just a cardboard cutout, of whatever it is that we have been influenced to become, be it through media, or through other people. We are all impressionable, and that which is taught to us in our youth, can be very good, but until we think for ourselves and can base our ideas and information with facts, we are just exactly who they have shaped us to become. Putty in their hands. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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