Why no dorritos? Sodium and gluten are strictly verboten nowadays as part of a radical lifelong healing programme. No such thing as a 'free' lunch...but just one packet won't hurt....? Well, actually yes it will, and it does. But what the heck, life is much too short to deny oneself the occasional dubious pleasure. The problem occurs when 'occasional' becomes 'frequently'.
|Fear of Annihiliation|
Those late 19th/early 20th Century European philosophers - Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre et al - who had something to say about existentialism, seem to be seeking reason or purpose concerning their existence, and for meaning in a world of absurdity. I really don't want to second guess the politician's meaning, but I do believe his is talking about fear, the fear of annihilation.
Human behaviour stem from both conscious intent and unconscious motive. Often our fears – of flying, of birds, of open spaces etc – the source of which are unknown or are deeply repressed, can seem irrational. But we feel propelled to act in a particular way without truly understanding what is motivating that behaviour.
The modeling of this idea is portrayed by spy movies and novels where a ‘sleeper’ is ‘inserted’ into a community or organization. The ‘sleeper’ integrates him or herself into that community until certain trigger words are spoken which activate the embedded response.
The ‘world views’ of different cultures are so deeply entrenched, such that certain words trigger an automatic response. When Barack Obama’s former pastor used the word ‘whitey’, it caused furore and stoked a deep fear at the heart of the American psyche; its the same fear that stalks white South Africa. For some Americans, the word ‘whitey’ has become a complex.
For most in the Middle East or the Arab and Muslim world it is the word ‘crusade’; for the peoples of Africa it is ‘colonialism’. For most of us in the West the words ‘Islamist’ and ‘Taleban’ have become complexes, and will therefore elicit an automatic, and by now predictable, response.