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Fear is the Real "Virus"
The power of the mind to influence our health and well-being was an often overlooked aspect of a "pandemic" which effectively used our emotions as a weapon against us.
There is an invisible pathogen out there infecting the population. It is a contagion as old as time itself and it is one that is powerful enough to disrupt society, bringing down the strongest of civilizations. It can infect anyone at any time and if we are not careful, we can easily pass this unseen entity onto those around us. Worse yet, we can pass it on to our children, setting them up with a chronic lifetime infection that may never be cured, spreading from generation to future generation. What I am discussing here is not the typical perception of the pathogenic “virus” floating about infecting us and causing disease as these entities have never been scientifically proven to exist. However, there is one thing that truly does exist which fits the concept of a “virus” far better than any obligate intracellular parasite ever could. I am talking about the one true “virus:” the “virus” called fear.
Fear is a potent tool that has long been used effectively to manipulate and control the minds of the masses. Think of Leprosy and the fearful stigma attached to those considered unclean who were driven away by frightened citizens to live in colonies away from the rest of society. Think of the Salem Witch trials and how all it took was a simple accusation of witchcraft to elicit and spread terror into the populace leading to the burning of the accused females at the stake. Think of the successful wartime propaganda employed by all sides during World War 2 in order to gain support for the war efforts and the eventual catastrophic use of an “atomic bomb” leading to the loss of innocent lives. Think to 9/11 and how the threat of weapons of mass destruction was utilized to garner support for the invasion of two countries leading to a disastrous war.
The “Covid-19 pandemic” is the most recent example of the effective use of fear to control the population into agreeing to conditions which would have been unheard of in the past. The successful use of fear-based propaganda spread through the pharmaceutical mouthpiece known as the mainstream media continually poked and prodded at the frightened masses in order to corral them into quarantines, lockdowns, social-distancing, contact tracing, sanitizing, disinfecting, masking, and ultimately vaccinating and boosting. The use of the “virus” to spread terror into the hearts and minds of the populace was, unfortunately, masterfully done after decades of conditioning and indoctrination. We have seen these “mini-epidemics” break out prior to 2020 in the form of HIV/AIDS, SARS, H1N1, MERS, Zika, Ebola, etc. These mini events were used to establish and promote PCR as an “accurate” means of diagnosis, to push the concepts of contact tracing and travel bans as a means of stopping the spread, to bring about the utilization of the Emergency Use Authorization to rush experimental tests and treatments, and to usher in the reliance on genomes as a legitimate virtual stand-in for the “viral” culprit. These and other steps were implemented and tested under the guise of emerging threats so that when the “real” danger finally emerged, they could be utilized together with full force against the unsuspecting masses. We now have a “new normal” that has been conditioned into us due to the successful cultivation of fear.
While fear is an effective means of controlling a population, there is another aspect to this emotion that is often overlooked which needs to be addressed, especially in these times of uncertainty. Questions regularly arise about what could possibly cause a number of people to become sick with similar symptoms of disease at the same time. While there are many obvious factors that can lead to disease such as air pollution, poisoned food and water, toxic pharmaceuticals and vaccines, drugs and alcohol use, etc., the negative effects that a chronic state of fear can have on a person’s physical and emotional health regularly gets lost in the shuffle. Experiencing intense and chronic fear can lead to increased levels of anxiety and stress which can easily help to explain any sudden increase in similar symptoms of disease, especially in light of the way that this intense emotion has been manipulated against us by a strategic “Covid-19” psychological operation.
For instance, according to a 2017 presentation for the Neuroscience Education Center, it was highlighted that being in a chronic heightened state of fear has been linked to various negative effects on different systems throughout the body, such as damaging the “immune,” endocrine, and nervous systems. Different health outcomes such as fibromyalgia, insulin resistance, chronic pain, difficulty breathing, and migraines have been associated with the continual effects of fear. This source also touches on the ways in which the inability to overcome fear can cause the interruption of regular sleep cycle patterns and can create eating disorders which leads to negative impacts on a person's health:
The Effects of Chronic Fear on a Person's Health
“At the 2017 Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI) Congress, a Friday session focused on the physiology of fear and its impact on wellness.
“Fear is a feeling that is internal and is conscience,” said Mary D. Moller, PhD, DNP, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN, associate professor, Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing, and director of Psychiatric Services, Northwest Center for Integrated Health.
It arises when sensory systems in the brain have determined an external stimulus poses a threat. Outputs of threat detection circuits trigger a general increase in brain arousal and can result in altered threat processing: fear and anxiety disorders.
Moller first explained Hans Selye’s 3 predictable stages the body uses to respond to stressors, called the general adaption syndrome:
Alarm: The first reaction to stress recognizes there’s a danger and prepares to deal with the threat. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and autonomic nervous system are activated. Primary stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline, and nonadrenaline are released
Resistance: Homeostasis begins restoring balance and a period of recovery for repair and renewal takes place. Stress hormones may return to normal, but there may be reduced defenses and adaptive energy left.
Exhaustion: At this phase, the stress has continued for some time. The body’s ability to resist is lost because its adaption energy supply is gone. This is often referred to as overload, burnout, adrenal fatigue, maladaptation, or dysfunction.
Alterations to the HPA axis can cause several conditions such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and insulin resistance, said Moller.
Moller then outlined the potential consequences of fear on overall, physical, emotional, environmental, and spiritual health. The potential effects of chronic fear on overall health include:
Immune system dysfunction
Endocrine system dysfunction
Autonomic nervous system alterations
Sleep/wake cycle disruption
Alterations in hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis
The potential effects of chronic fear on physical health include headaches turning into migraines, muscle aches turning into fibromyalgia, body aches turning into chronic pain, and difficulty breathing turning into asthma, said Moller.”
The above article does a nice job of presenting some of the various ways in which fear can affect our body by producing negative consequences to our overall health and well-being. The longer the fear remains unresolved, the worse the toll that it will ultimately take until we are able to deal with the emotions and alleviate these feelings in some way. If the emotions are not dealt with properly, the effects begin to present themselves outwardly as the body attempts to handle increasing levels of stress and anxiety from within. These effects can begin manifesting as various overlapping “Covid-like” symptoms. In fact, there is enough overlap and similarities between the symptoms brought about by the stress and anxiety arising from the fear generated from the “pandemic” that there are numerous articles attempting to explain away the differences between the two. Here is an example of how the media attempts this differentiation:
How to Tell if Your Constant Anxiety Symptoms Are Actually a Sign of COVID-19
“Anxiety can feel a lot like the symptoms of COVID-19, which unfortunately makes the anxiety feel worse, feeding a vicious cycle. So how can you figure out what’s going on with your body, especially if the symptoms are a bit new to you? We asked doctors to explain the key differences between the signs of COVID-19 and anxiety, plus when to seek help.”
What are the general symptoms of anxiety?
Feeling nervous, irritable, or on edge
Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
Having an increased heart rate
Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation), sweating, and/or trembling
Feeling weak or tired
Having trouble sleeping
Experiencing gastrointestinal problems
Some symptoms of a panic attack, which is sudden attacks of anxiety and overwhelming fear that last for several minutes, can also overlap with COVID-19. Per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the symptoms of a panic attack may include:
Pounding or racing heart
Weakness or dizziness
Tingly or numb hands
How to tell the difference between COVID-19 and anxiety
There is clearly some overlap in symptoms, particularly with breathing rapidly or shortness of breath, feeling weak or tired, and gastrointestinal issues. Plus, dealing with uncomfortable coronavirus symptoms can also spur symptoms associated with anxiety, like feeling nervous or having trouble sleeping.
But there are a few key signs of COVID-19 that won’t surface during a general bout of anxiety, including fever, new loss of taste or small, cough, sore throat, or a runny nose, says Dr. Schaffner. He does stress that “the rapid breathing and shortness of breath can cause confusion.”
As can be seen, the anxiety and panic caused by the underlying fear lead to many of the same symptoms associated with “Covid-19,” such as difficulty breathing, feeling weak and fatigued, gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and stomach pain, and sweating/chills. Yet according to Dr. William Schaffner, a common source of misinformation in these mainstream media articles, there are some main differences between symptoms brought about by fear and “Covid-19” which include fever, new loss of taste/smell, cough, sore throat, and a runny nose. However, is it true that these symptoms are specific to “Covid-19” and that they will not arise due to the stress and anxiety brought about by fear? Let's look at each one individually:
Our body temperature fluctuates daily. When fear leads to increased stress and anxiety, it can impact this by causing a high fever up to 106° to a constant low-grade fever of 99 to 100°. These fevers produced by anxiety and stress are known as psychogenic fevers.
“In some rare cases, anxiety symptoms may lead to a rise in body temperature. This is sometimes referred to as psychogenic fever, or a fever caused by psychological reasons.”
“So, it’s not unusual for your body temperature to fluctuate up or down by around 1°F (-17°C) throughout the day.
Repeated stress or isolated highly stressful events could make that fluctuation more significant, though.
The above-mentioned review found that some people who were exposed to a one-off anxiety-inducing situation developed a fever as high as 106°F (41°C).
Other people experiencing stress for long periods of time developed low-grade fevers that lasted months to years. Their temperatures ranged from 99° to 100°F (37° to 38°C).”
“Stress can have a major impact on your physical and mental health. While chronic stress can lead to mental health disorders like depression and anxiety, it can also make you physically ill, and may even contribute to long-term conditions like heart disease.
In addition, stress can cause a fever even when there is no underlying illness or infection. This is known as a psychogenic fever.
“A phenomenon has been described where stress seems to raise core body temperature in the absence of other inflammatory processes such as infection or injury,” says Katrina Miller Parrish, MD, chief quality and information executive for L.A. Care Health Plan.”
“Doctors don’t understand exactly why this happens, according to Miller Parrish, but they believe that either the brain increases temperature in response to stress, or that stress hormones interact with the endocrine system and lead to an increase in body temperature.”
Loss of Smell and Taste:
Our sense of smell and taste are heavily influenced by our emotional state. Depending on the situation, the sense of smell can either become heightened or weakened, change from pleasant to unpleasant, or even lead to phantom smells.
“Research has demonstrated that our abilities to detect low (read: weak) concentrations of both smell and taste stimuli are significantly impeded by stress. The longer or more severe the stress, the more impaired our abilities to smell and taste.”
"So if we are extremely stressed it can affect how our olfactory nerve cells respond to aromas." says Galper. In other words, your stress levels can change the way you process certain scents. So if you've gone from loving the scent of patchouli to suddenly wanting to throw every patchouli-scented candle in the garbage, your anxiety is a likely culprit.
A 2013 study put this theory to the test, and scientists showed people stress-inducing text and images (think: car crashes and wars) to see if it would change their sense of smell. "After anxiety induction, neutral smells become clearly negative," Wen Li, one of the researchers behind the study, told Science Daily. "People experiencing an increase in anxiety show a decrease in the perceived pleasantness of odors. It becomes more negative as anxiety increases." And why is that? According to researchers, in a "normal" (aka low-stress) smelling situation, it's just the olfactory system that gets switched on, but when you start to get anxious, the emotional system also kicks into gear and becomes part of the processing stream.
“Phantom Smells, such as odd, strong, acrid, metallic, blood-like, sour, ammonia-like, acidy, and repugnant smells, to name a few, are common anxiety disorder symptoms.
Many anxious people report having phantom and odd smells as an anxiety symptom.”
Anxiety can lead to a condition known as anxiety cough. This can present as a persistent dry cough as commonly associated with “Covid-19” which can come and go or last indefinitely.
An anxiety cough, persistent cough, nervous cough, coughing when anxious and nervous
A frequent tickling in the throat and/or lungs that makes you cough
A persistent dry cough
A persistent non productive cough
Coughing, worse during anxious or stressful times and better when relaxed and less stressed
Difficulty taking a deep breath without coughing
Persistent wheezing that seems to be associated with your cough
These anxiety cough symptoms can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel the tickle and/or urge to cough once in a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time.
These anxiety cough symptoms may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
These anxiety cough symptoms can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.”
The release of adrenaline and cortisol in times of stress can lead to soreness in the throat. This can feel like a tightness, lump, and/or burning sensation which can lead to difficulty breathing and swallowing.
“When you’re feeling anxious, you may realize that your throat hurts. You might also feel tightness, a lump in your throat, or have trouble swallowing.
While we may think of anxiety as an emotional or mental health issue, it can actually affect your body in a variety of ways. A sore throat is just one of many potential physical symptoms.”
“When you’re under stress or feeling anxious, your body reacts by releasing adrenaline and cortisol into your bloodstream. In addition to increasing your heart rate and blood pressure, the release of these hormones can lead to a variety of physical responses, such as:
rapid, shallow breathing
breathing through your mouth
This, in turn, can lead to:
As anxiety is a form of chronic stress that is brought about by fear, it is said to impact our body in various ways through the release of cortisol and other chemicals. A runny nose is one of the symptoms which manifests either due to the overall deterioration of a person's terrain or as possibly a side-effect of a nervous tic.
“Anxiety is essentially long term stress, and long term stress can have an effect on your immune system. That's why some people with anxiety get a runny nose as a symptom. While it may not be one of the most important ones, it can be enough of an inconvenience that it causes you more distress than you're ready to deal with.”
“Stress and anxiety can indirectly cause nasal problems like sinusitis. Anxiety is a condition that can mainly affect your immune system, hormones, and your neurotransmitters. Suppose you have nasal problems due to stress. In that case, it can be related to a tic, meaning that you might be habituated to rub or pinch your nose whenever you’re stressed, which can sometimes lead to infections causing nasal congestion, sneezing, and pressure in the bridge of the nose and such.”
It can be seen, contrary to what they may want us to believe, that the symptoms brought about by the anxiety and stress that is induced by fear can definitely result in the exact same disease profile as seen in “Covid-19.” The overlapping and identical symptoms is one of the many reasons “Covid-19” can not be diagnosed clinically as there are many dis-eases matching it symptom for symptom. There are no new or specific symptoms related to “Covid” which necessitates the reliance on fraudulent PCR and R.A.T.’s in order to claim that the “virus” is to blame rather than being the result of something like emotional distress brought about by the fear of a “novel virus” and the measures implemented to contain it.
Now this is not to say that fear is the only cause of these symptoms of disease. As I stated earlier, it is but one of many possible factors. However, the emotional aspect is regularly neglected in order to find a physical culprit, most often either “viral” or bacterial, when there may not be anything physical contributing at all. In fact, many of the symptoms people experience may very well be psychological in nature brought about by the overlooked phenomena known as “the Nocebo Effect.” This effect is the opposite of the placebo effect and occurs when ones belief that they will become ill results in the same symptoms that they fear emerging. A prescient article from April 2020 looked at this very phenomenon in regards to “Covid-19” and provided some interesting examples where this effect has occurred in other cases of disease:
Can constantly reading about Covid-19 make you think you have it?
“Terrifying health stories about Covid-19 pour out of the media floodgates every minute. These might be causing “nocebo effects” – where we become more ill because we expect to, as opposed to the better-known placebo effect where we become less ill due to our expectations. This could be happening on a large scale just now.
Although data about nocebo effects in the pandemic is not yet available, we suspect they are prevalent, based on evidence from similar cases. Consider the following:
1. In 2010, anti-windfarm campaigners in Australia spread news about “wind turbine syndrome” caused by sub-audible infrasound generated by turbines. At the same time, health authorities noticed a growing number of complaints – heart palpitations, headaches, nausea – that corresponded closely with those of the wind turbine syndrome. Yet researchers quickly found that complaints were concentrated in regions with a history of anti-windfarm campaigning.
Experimental subjects that were randomly allocated to watch alarming news about the harms of windfarms reported an increase of symptoms, even in the presence of sham infrasound. Researchers concluded that wind turbine syndrome was caused by misinformation rather than wind turbines.
2. In 2018, a study found that people living in countries with more Google search results about statin adverse events were more likely to report statin intolerance. Authors of the study concluded that exposure to online information contributed to these adverse effects.
3. In a large study examining the death of 28,169 Chinese-American adults in California, researchers found that people who were understood by Chinese astrology to be particularly susceptible to certain conditions – by virtue of the year of their birth – died significantly earlier (1.3-4.9 years) than people with the same conditions born in other years. Researchers concluded that “psycho-cultural factors” (belief in Chinese astrology) affected mortality.
Among those without the disease, fear following the experience of a mild symptom (perhaps of a common cold) could exacerbate the symptoms and even prompt them to visit the hospital, where they could actually catch the virus – or another disease. The social isolation imposed in many countries could exacerbate these effects.
A positive test for Covid-19, combined with some initial symptoms and alarming mass media health news, could aggravate coughs, fever, pains and breathlessness. The shock caused by negative information might even precipitate death in severely ill patients by aggravating heart disorders or affecting the respiratory system already attacked by the virus.
We are understanding more and more about how nocebo effects work. Emotionally charged negative information from an authoritative source can make someone expect a negative symptom such as pain or breathlessness. Then, like a self-fulfilling prophecy, the expectation itself can cause the symptom. These expectations are associated with the production of neurotransmitters that induce an increased sensitivity to pain and a wide variety of other symptoms. Fear and anxiety heighten this process.”
“A trial comparing aspirin with sulfinpyrazone for treating heart disease found that the patients who were told about side-effects were six times more likely to drop out of the trial because of side-effects. Dozens of other studies show that negative side-effects are lower when patients are not told about them. We don’t propose that the alarming things about Covid-19 be hidden, but rather that the likely nocebo effects caused by news stories be mitigated.”
The questions and premises put forward in The Independent article were backed up by the conclusions of a study published in February 2022. The study spoke about how pandemics lead to increased psychological distress and that the constant reminders and updates during this “pandemic” could result in rising stress and anxiety levels about ones own health. It found that a person’s belief that they were infected with “Covid-19” and the anxiety associated with this belief manifested the same symptoms of disease that they feared. While it was only a cross-sectional study and the authors called for future experimental studies to back up their results, it does provide evidence of the Nocebo Effect being a very real and powerful phenomenon:
Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms without the disease: The role of nocebo in reporting of symptoms
“Background: A nocebo effect occurs when inactive factors lead to worsening of symptoms or reduce treatment outcomes. Believing that one is or has been infected with COVID-19 may act as a nocebo. However, not much is known about potential nocebo effects associated with the reporting of COVID-19 symptoms.
Aim: An online survey investigated whether certainty of being infected with COVID-19, age, sex, cognitive, emotional and personality factors were associated with perceived severity of COVID-19 symptoms.
Methods: Participants (N=375) filled out an online survey containing 57 questions asking about symptoms resembling COVID-19, certainty of being infected with COVID-19, anxiety, stress and personality dimensions.
Results: Certainty of being infected with COVID-19 and anxiety predicted 27% of the variance in reporting of COVID-like symptoms. The mediation analysis showed that both higher certainty of being infected and anxiety independently predicted increased reports of COVID-like symptom. Females had higher anxiety and stress levels, and reported more COVID-like symptoms than males did. Older age was not associated with reporting COVID-like symptoms. Conclusions: Believing to be infected with COVID-19, along with anxiety, can enhance the severity of COVID-like symptoms. Thus, the nocebo effect was due to both cognitive and emotional factors and was higher in females.”
“Outbreaks contribute to the development of physiological and psychological distress. During the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) outbreak, higher pandemic-related stress was correlated with higher general anxiety in females . During the present pandemic, fear of COVID-19 is shown to be associated with depression, anxiety and health anxiety . Being constantly informed about the pandemic and high exposure to social media related to COVID-19  are also associated with anxiety and depression. The psychological distress due to the pandemic may also contribute to the development of health-related worries and concerns about the infection, as worries about health have been reported to increase during public pandemics (e.g. Xie et al. ).
The belief of being infected with COVID-19 may act as a nocebo and generate negative expectations about bodily sensations, resulting in perception of bodily sensations as COVID-19 symptoms. Such a nocebo, along with psychological processes such as anxiety and stress, could thus enhance the perception of bodily experiences such as minor pain, difficulty in breathing, coughing and so on as COVID-like symptoms.”
Being in a heightened state of stress due to a barrage of fear-based propaganda about a novel and deadly “virus” may be all that is needed in order to push someone over the edge in terms of a toxic terrain leading to disease. The incessant visual cues such as the daily death counts, the lockdowns and curfews, the social distancing stickers, the hand sanitizing stations, the masked faces everywhere one looks, etc. were a constant reminder to remain afraid. On top of that, what was or wasn't known about the “virus” constantly changed keeping everyone perplexed and befuddled about what to expect and how to protect oneself. There was conflicting information as to how the “virus” spread, if asymptomatic carriers of disease were a driving factor or not, whether or not masks were effective, how long vaccines provided immunity, whether or not the “virus” was natural or a man-made bioweapon created in a lab, etc. This provided uncertainty in a time when nothing but questions prevailed. Answers were not forthcoming, and if they did come, the answers could change as quickly as “the science.” This put the world in a state of designed confusion, and when the people are scared and confused, they are easier to terrorize and to control.
In order to understand the ways in which we can be easily controlled by fear, I want to end by highlighting some information from an article written in 2004 after the events of 9/11 and the original “SARS” outbreak. The author of the article is David Ropeik, a teacher and lecturer who focuses on risk management and risk communication. His stated intention behind the article was to look at how fear was creating new risks for our health and well-being which were not being addressed. He spoke about how the heightened state of fear may have been related to new fears generated after 9/11 yet the only one that people consistently put forward in a questionnaire was the threat of bioweapons. The rest of the fears were those that people had regularly dealt with before the events of September 11th, 2001. Interestingly, it showed how 9/11 and the original “SARS” outbreak primed us for the belief in the threat of the bioweapon that is currently being heavily promoted today in regards to the origins of “SARS-COV-2.” These events have been strategically implemented to feed into the overarching threat of outside invaders ready to attack us at any given time.
Within the article, Ropeik established 12 characteristics of risk that form the basis of our perceptions of a threat. These characteristics heavily influence how we respond to the perceived threat and it is our response to these different stimuli that dictates how our health and well-being are affected. Whether intentional or not, the 12 characteristics provided the blueprint that is used to manipulate us through our fears. When reading each of the 12 characteristics, think about how they were implemented in order to keep us in a state of chronic stress and anxiety throughout this “pandemic” and how this could ultimately affect our health, creating a perpetual cycle of terror and disease:
The consequences of fear
“Why are so many afraid of so much? Some observers suggest that our fears are a post-11 September 2001 phenomenon. This is too simple. It is certainly true that some of our worries have grown since then, and certainly new ones have arisen in the wake of the terrorist attacks. But when George Gray and I asked a wide variety of people what should be included in a book describing many of the risks that Americans most commonly worry about (Gray & Ropeik, 2002), only one post-9/11 danger—bioweapons—made the list. The rest were hazards that people in many nations have been concerned about for years, many of which are byproducts of modern technology: pesticides, nuclear radiation, genetically modified foods, air pollution, water pollution and hazardous waste. The 9/11 attacks are too simple an explanation for our fretfulness.”
“In more detail, risk perception research has found that there are several consistent characteristics of risk that form the basis of our perceptions (see sidebar).
The characteristics of risk
The less we trust the people who are supposed to protect us, or the people, government or corporate institutions exposing us to risk in the first place, or the people communicating to us about the risk, the more afraid we will be. The more we trust, the less fear we feel.
A risk that kills you in a dreadful way evokes more fear than one that kills more benignly. What is worse, being eaten alive by a shark or dying of heart disease? Heart problems are far more likely to kill you. But the dreadful death often causes more fear. Cancer, a terrible way to die, evokes more fear than heart disease despite the fact that heart disease kills roughly 25% more Americans each year (Freid et al, 2003). This helps explain why hazards that might cause cancer, such as radiation and industrial chemicals, evoke strong concerns.
Do you feel pretty safe when you drive? Most people do, although motor vehicle crashes kill roughly 40,000 Americans per year (Blincoe et al, 2002). Having the wheel in your hand gives you the feeling that you can control what happens. This also applies to the process: if you feel you have some control over the process determining a risk that you will face, the risk will probably not seem as threatening as if it was determined by a process over which you felt you had no control.
• Natural or man-made
Anthropogenic risks, such as genetic modification of food, evoke more fear than 'natural' risks, such as the hybridization of species to develop new varieties. This factor helps to explain widespread concern about many technologies and products, and offers important insights into the debate over the Precautionary Principle.
A risk we choose seems less dangerous than a risk that is imposed on us. This explains why labelling of genetically modified ingredients on food allays a degree of fear in consumers. The information affords choice, although it does nothing to change the actual risk.
Survival of the species depends on survival of our progeny. It is not surprising, then, that research has found that a risk to children, such as mercury traces in fish, seems dramatic, although it is in fact extraordinarily low.
The more uncertain we are, the more we protect ourselves with precaution and fear. If all the scientific answers are not to hand, as with many biotechnologies, concern will be higher. Even if the answers are available, if they are hard to understand, as the science of genetic engineering clearly is, or poorly explained, such as the science of nuclear radiation, people are left uncertain and, as a result, more afraid.
New risks, such as SARS and West Nile virus, or new technologies and products, tend to be more frightening until we have lived with them for a while and our experience has helped to put the risks into perspective.
The more we are aware of a risk, the more we are likely to be concerned about it. Concern about child abductions rises when the press is full of coverage of an ongoing case, although the probabilities are the same before that case showed up in the papers and after it is resolved.
• Can it happen to me?
Any risk seems larger if you think you or someone you care about could be a victim. This helps to explain why statistical probability is often an ineffective form of risk communication. A risk of 1 in 1,000,000 can still seem threatening if you think you could be the one. This helps explain why the only acceptable level of risk to many people is zero.
• The risk-benefit trade-off
If we perceive a benefit from a behaviour or choice, the risk associated with it seems smaller. If there is no perceived benefit, the risk seems larger. Many American healthcare workers, 'first providers', refused a smallpox vaccination even though the chance of death from the vaccination was just 1 in 1,000,000 because the benefit of the shot—protection from a non-existent disease—was zero. A target of roughly 500,000 vaccinations was set, but fewer than 40,000 people agreed to have the shot. Imagine how many would have gladly taken the same shot, with the same one-in-a-million risk, had there been just one known case of smallpox in any hospital in the world.
• Catastrophic or chronic?
Hazards that kill a group of people at one time in one place (such as plane crashes) evoke more fear than hazards that may take more lives, but over space and time (such as heart disease).”
“As argued for by Matthew Adler and others (2003), the effects of fear are harmful to health, no less than the physical harm from some toxic agent or pollutant, and these can and should be measured and economically quantified to help identify the most efficient approaches to improving public health.”
I have laid out how I view each of these 12 characteristics that were used against us over the last few years. See if you agree, have other things to add, can offer another interpretation, or come to a different conclusion:
Trust: we were regularly met with scenarios in which we needed to decide who to trust, whether it was the CDC/WHO, our own healthcare workers, the alternative media, independent researchers, etc. Those who we were told that we were supposed to trust in positions of authority have been made to look untrustworthy with flip-flopping statements and leaked emails/reports showing dubious connections keeping us confused on who and what to believe.
Dread: we were initially met with imagery of people dropping dead in the streets in China and victims hooked up to ventilators struggling to breathe and gasping for air. The idea of a painful and agonizing death was sold from the start.
Control: with the implementation of lockdowns, quarantines, required testing, social distancing, masking, mandatory vaccination, etc., we lost our sense of control which heightened our level of fear.
Natural or Man-made: we have seen the back-and-forth debate over whether the “virus” naturally jumped from animal to man in the Wuhan wet market or whether Anthony Fauci funded gain of function studies creating “SARS-COV-2” in a lab which was either accidentally or deliberately released.
Choice: our ability to choose not only how to respond to this “threat” but also how to care for ourselves and our loved ones was largely taken away from us from the very start, including whether we could visit the hospitalized and our elderly.
Children: we have been regularly sold the idea that our children need to be protected by masking, social distancing, sanitizing, and vaccination, not only for themselves but also so that they do not kill grandma and grandpa in the process.
Uncertainty: if there has been one constant throughout this “pandemic,” it has been the regular flip-flopping of the information provided, leading to nothing but confusion.
Novelty: this “virus” was sold as a novel “virus” from the beginning. It was a “virus” unlike anything we had ever witnessed before, necessitating drastic measures to “flatten the curve.” In reality, “it” was anything but novel and the tactics used came straight from Fauci's 1980's HIV playbook.
Awareness: one could not go anywhere without being reminded of the “pandemic.” There was 24/7 media coverage, social distancing stickers plastered all over, plastic shields and dividers errected, closed businesses, masked faces, etc. Without these measures, no one would have ever known there was a “pandemic” going on.
Can it happen to me?: of course this was the main message of the event. It can happen to you and you must do what you can not only to protect yourself but also your neighbors. If you did not, you were a pariah.
The risk-benefit trade-off: many were forced into these situations, especially regarding whether to wear a mask and to accept mandatory testing/vaccination in order to keep jobs and/or see lived ones.
Catastrophic or chronic: from the outset, we were sold the story of a highly contagious and deadly “virus” spreading quickly across continents. Even banning travel to “infected” countries had no effect on slowing it down. This was designed as a catastrophic event claiming the lives of hundreds of millions based on fraudulent PCR test results.
It is hopefully very clear now that fear truly is the real “virus” and that this powerful emotion was effectively used against us in order for those in power to implement whatever measures of control that they wanted to gain. They have successfully conditioned the masses to accept the “new normal” of lockdowns, quarantines, social distancing, testing, sanitizing, masking, mandatory vaccinations, etc based upon nothing more than the same ol’ symptoms seen each year and falsified PCR case numbers. They can pull out these new tricks anytime by instilling an impending doom into the population with either another “novel virus” or a mutated strain of an old classic. They can utilize their mainstream media mouthpieces to push the fear porn and create the necessary paranoid panic and hysteria to get people to look for symptoms they would have regularly ignored in order to be diagnosed by way of fraudulent tests. This fear “virus” will not only take over the minds of the masses and get them to agree to restrictions they would have never agreed to in the past, they will fight for these measures to be implemented for their “protection” and harass those who know better than to comply. They will beg for the experimental “cures” to be injected directly into their veins thus feeding their fear and poisoning themselves both mentally and physically. They will pass this “virus” off onto the future generation who will accept and mimic this cowardly behavior unless we deal with this “virus” here and now.
Fortunately, there is a cure which does not require the use of chemical toxins. It is called knowledge. As the old adage goes, knowledge is power and can lead to the establishment of a whole new belief system not built upon fear. Once people decide to peer behind the veil in order to see the “viral” scam for what it truly is, they will realize there is nothing to fear but the fear “virus” itself. They will be able focus on educating themselves in order to take back their individual power and sense of control. They will be able to eradicate this “virus” once and for all and gain a freedom they never realized that they had lost, freeing both the mind and the body on the promise of a brighter tomorrow undeterred by invisible boogeymen. By eradicating the fear of the “virus,” we can overcome the “virus” of fear.
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