How To Squash Fear-Mongering In 5 Badass Steps

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Dear Reader,

What do the following terms have in common?

fear-mongering examples

(Cue Final Jeopardy “Think!” music.)

Do you give up?

Alright. I’ll tell you!

They all lead to one central (and hella-annoying) theme:

The subliminal art of fear-mongering.

WHAT IS FEAR-MONGERING?

Fear-mongering is a form of manipulation that elicits or arouses fear in others by using exaggerated rumors or falsehoods of impending danger.1

Aka LIES GONE WILD.

A “fearmonger” is the manipulator; the person(s) who spreads such rumors or falsehoods, particularly to a public audience.

Unlike your Project Managers or Software Engineers, fearmongers forego wearing a work badge to identify themselves, not because they’re ashamed of what they do, but because revealing their skills would defeat the purpose of their f*cked up machinations.

In other words, if a fearmonger aims to control your perceptions by planting the seeds of fear into your pretty little mind, then why would they ever want you to know that?

If you’re still a bit confused by all of this, below is a brief list of historical events that were spearheaded by infamous fearmongers.

These f*cktards relied heavily on scare tactics to carry out their nefarious agendas.

Perhaps this will shed some more light on the topic of fear-mongering:

You may have noticed that the above list highlights a dangerous game of politics, which is quite fitting under the circumstances.

In political warfare, fear-mongering is free ammunition, not the kind you use to load a BB-gun, but the kind that inflicts exponential damage; a Molotov cocktail, if you will, ignited with rhetoric.

HOW TO SQUASH FEAR-MONGERING IN 5 BADASS STEPS

Now that we’ve covered the basics of fear-mongering, what will you do with this knowledge?

Hopefully, the below steps will help you kick some major fear-mongering ass, thus allowing you to live your absolute best life.

Step 1. Seek the Truth

At QWERTYdelight, we believe that there’s no such thing as “individual truths.”

There are truths and then there are lies.

Which one will you believe in?

Speaking of beliefs, note that the notion of individual truths differs from that of individual beliefs

My belief system, for example, can differ vastly from yours.

I may believe in other lifeforms beyond the known universe, for instance, but this doesn’t mean that aliens actually exist.

It means that I choose to believe in something that I hope exists…

Step 2. Embrace Science

…So, unless science proves otherwise, E.T. will remain a mere figment of our imaginations.

Now, onto science…

Back in the day, eager young minds revered science as much as today’s Gen Z’ers revere TikTok. 

We were googly-eyed as volcanoes erupted from our amateur dioramas in the fifth grade, with lava fashioned out of bicarbonate soda, red food coloring and white vinegar.

Nowadays, there’s a confounding, mass resistance to science, especially when it comes to the fight against climate change.

But as sea levels continue to rise, QWERTYdelight hopes that science will once again take its rightful place as the HBIC, just as it was in the halcyon days before Y2K.

Step 3. Challenge Falsehoods

If you know that something’s false, why do you attempt to convert it into truth?

Are you, by chance, an alchemist?

Perhaps it’s because the truth “hurts,” so you’d rather create an alternate reality like Wanda Maximoff in “Wandavision.”

But believe-you me, dear reader, a skeptical nature does the body good.

Why?

Because a skeptic questions things.

They don’t believe in everything they hear or read (including this article!)

By challenging a falsehood you will, in turn, diminish its power to wreak unnecessary havoc.

Step 4. Exit the Echo Chamber

Do you believe in something simply because your friends and family believe in it, too?

Do you feel a moral obligation to agree with the opinions of others in your social spheres?

Are you, by chance, a lemming?

Let’s review face masks for a hot minute.

We all know that face masks help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Why?

Because they keep your viral droplets from running amok.

But others beg to differ.

These dissenters would rather breathe-easy despite knowing that, by not wearing a mask, they can potentially infect others with a deadly virus.

Worst of all are those who aren’t vexed by face masks, yet choose not to wear them because it cramps their style; aka “style over safety.”

This creates a stinky pile of social-responsibility-poop. That’s to say, as more people witness others not wearing face masks, the number of people that feel entitled to leave their homes without a face mask will undoubtedly increase.

So, I’ll ask again: are you a lemming, or are you a renegade?

For those who fit into the former category, QWERTYdelight would like to remind you of something:

You’re not that cute.

Trust us: no one will miss the bottom half of your face, not even if you’ve been blessed with lips of Angelina Jolie proportions.

Step 5. Transcend Fear

At QWERTYdelight, we believe that fear is the #1 killer of hopes and dreams.

Therefore, it would behoove you to shoot it in the face.

For starters, discerning irrational fears from rational ones can help you explore the question of the century:

What am I afraid of and why?

As you grope internally for these answers, keep in mind that fear-mongering has done more harm than good (see above historical events).

So, do yourself a favor, dear reader, and cut the fearmonger’s puppet strings, ’cause you ain’t no puppet.

Or, are you?

  1. Oxford Living Dictionaries; Wikipedia.
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