Good and well presented article that for me offers an insight into the way the power elites exert control by spreading fear and panic about vastly exaggerated threats such as climate change. I’m one of those oddballs who welcomes uncertainty as it makes life interesting. One idea I would put forward is that there is confusion between fear and terror.
Terror is what makes people, faced with a threat they cannot rationalise, run out and buy more toilet paper than they are ever likely to need even if they have chronic squitters for the rest of their lives. Fear, particularly of the unknown, is one of our less recognised senses (we have many more than five.)
Fear makes us wary and keeps us alert when in unfamiliar situations and as such was an important survival tool for our primitive ancestors. Terror makes us act irrationaly.
Fear of the unknown then is a positive and primitive instinct, new situations can be exciting adventures but only fool charges blindly into the chthonic darkness and thus stand a good chance of removing their genetic material from the evolutionary process, wiser people go carefully, prepared to react appropriately should they come face to face with Chthulu and thus have a better chance of survival.
The panic generated by the coronavirus (and hyping of by the threat level it poses by governments and mass media according to certain conspiracy theories that appear more credible every day,) is a good illustration of a point I’ve often made, that when Charles Darwin referred to survival of the fittest he was not talking about people who go to the gym every day.
Remember readers, fear is your friend if you listen to your instincts, panic is the enemy.