It seems that the number of people in the United States who do not enjoy a worry-free life is rising partially because of pessimistic efforts by some organizations and people to spread fear. Unapologetically, these often unfounded fears have been occasionally fomented by greedy entrepreneurs, injudicious politicians, and more recently by those who claim to be the guardian of our rights or welfare using social media. More noticeably, dubious fear, fear of something that may not even happen or have an infinitesimal chance of happening. While a number of these fears may have valid justifications and we should be prepared to protect ourselves and manage them. There are, however, more unreasonable fears that are often exploited and turned into money-making scheme by some people who pretend to have our interests in their heart.
Given the fact that many biased experts, ill-intentioned politicians, and profit-seeking entrepreneurs pitch their cleverly crafted exploitive agendas with great gusto, it becomes very easy for us to react irrationally to flawed information or to unfounded rumors. For instance, despite what some politicians want us to believe, we are not living in an increasingly dangerous world. The risk of war between US and Iran has been vastly exaggerated, and comparing the US president to Hitler - no matter how unpopular he is - by some news commentators, is an overreaction. If there is one thing that some people are good at, it is blowing things out of proportion like shrewd marketers of fear disguised as public servants.
Fear-mongering is a lucrative business in the U.S. and too often it is a catalyst to economic survival for some businesses and organizations. Frankly, in market-based economies, profit is the only incentive for human decisions. In order to turn a profit, businessmen have to be able to sell. In order to sell, there has to be a sustained demand for their products. What do they do if the market is saturated and potential demand is lacking? When this happens, they are forced to resort to their imaginative creativity; sometimes this creativity is levelheaded, but all too often it is malevolent. They try to exploit fear generating tactics to create demand and the right conditions that are conducive to manipulation.
I believe fear and its resulting psychological malaise seem to have become severe and ubiquitous. Mental distresses, the offshoot of fears, seem to have reached epic proportions in this country. What do you think?