The Science Of Fear And The Racket Of War Comes Of Age …

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By TLB Contributor: Ken LaRive

War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.” – Smedley D. Butler.

Without a doubt, money is the primary motivation for war, and it is fear that greases the wheels of that machine. An ideology is secondary to profit since World War 2, and the average solder has little or no understanding for the true reason of his participation, and that is the ultimate betrayal to our military men of honor. The mindset of constant war is so cleverly promoted, most think the idea they hold is an original thought. It is indeed a science, and that science has come of age. And while we wave our flags, and risk our lives all around the world, a few men are getting very rich. Men who make profit on destruction and reconstruction, in an institution called the military industrial complex.

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.Plato

The study of fear as an acquirable motivating drive goes back to antiquity. In 1948, the science of fear took on a life all its own, and men like B.F. Skinner, Sigmund Freud, and Neal E. Miller explored the possibility of manipulating fear in the minds of men to motivate an agenda. The paragraph below came from a study by Neal E. Miller. It was called:

“Fear as motivation and fear-reduction as reinforcement in the learning of new responses.”

Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol 38(1), Feb 1948, 89-101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/h0058455

“Albino rats were trained to go from a white compartment through an open door into a black compartment in order to escape from electric shock. “To demonstrate that an acquired drive (fear or anxiety) had been established, the animals were taught a new habit without further shocks. The door (previously always open) was closed. The only way that the door could be opened was by rotating a little wheel, which was above the door, a fraction of a turn. Under these conditions, the animals exhibited trial-and-error behavior and gradually learned to escape from the white compartment by rotating the wheel. If conditions were changed so that only pressing a bar would open the door, wheel turning extinguished, and a second new habit (bar pressing) was learned. Control experiments demonstrated that the learning of the new habits was dependent upon having received moderately strong electric shocks during the first stages of training.”

Do you see a bit of your own life reflected in this description? Seems simple enough to understand, a response to stimuli; but just fifty years later the study of this so called “fear-factor” had grown into a fine art, a new expanded science using its own set of terminology, and here is an excerpt:

From normal fear to pathological anxiety.

Rosen, Jeffrey B.; Schulkin, Jay. Psychological Review, Vol 105(2), Apr 1998, 325-350. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0033-295X.105.2.325

“In this article the authors address how pathological anxiety may develop from adaptive fear states. Fear responses (e.g., freezing, startle, heart rate and blood pressure changes, and increased vigilance) are functionally adaptive behavioral and perceptual responses elicited during danger to facilitate appropriate defensive responses that can reduce danger or injury (e.g., escape and avoidance). Fear is a central motive state of action tendencies subserved by fear circuits, with the amygdala playing a central role. Pathological anxiety is conceptualized as an exaggerated fear state in which hyperexcitability of fear circuits that include the amygdala and extended amygdala (i.e., bed nucleus of the strict terminalis) is expressed as hypervigilance and increased behavioral responsivity to fearful stimuli. Reduced thresholds for activation and hyperexcitability in fear circuits develop through sensitization- or kindling-like processes that involve neuropeptides, hormones, and other proteins. Hyperexcitability in fear circuits is expressed as pathological anxiety that is manifested in the various anxiety disorders.”

Seems that terminology has separated men from the understanding of a science that has grown so powerful… A science that controls and dominates us from cradle to grave… A science that is still expanding, with another twenty years of fine tuning under its belt…

Motivations we must all face to find solace in our lives, are now being used against us… If we are going to win this war being waged for our very minds, we must educate ourselves…

Motivations are not the same…

There are many kinds of motivations that can propel us to action. All of them, in one form or another, can drive us to work hard, to learn, and to try new things… but not all motivations are for our common good, nor do they all inspire us in a positive way. Those who want to control us, and manipulate our actions, know this very well…

One motivation is called incentive. It is a very common motivation that involves rewards, and on many diverse levels in our lives. It refers, in most all cases, to some form of goal, or a target to work for, like a business promotion, or a bonus for a monthly sales goal… or a simple inspiration by a good job performance, or pride in a job well done. It is, for the most part, a benign form of motivation, and it originates inside as a dream or as plans stimulated by our own volition, and extends outward into the world with the hope to manifest itself into a positive future reality. It is this reality that drew people to America, and the motivation of what we once knew to be the American Dream.

Another motivation is called Achievement. It starts with the desire to be more competent in some way. One may attempt to become more educated, more sensitive and appreciative to art, to find-tune a talent (like piano), or a physical accomplishment (like running a marathon, or lifting weights.) Sometimes the motivation comes from the hope of some future recognition, positive feedback from a peer or a superior perhaps. Again, this motivation originates inside and attempts to manifest itself outwardly. This feedback may be as simple as a pat on the back for a job well done, financial gain, and most rarely… for just the joy of the doing.

Growth is the overt need for self-improvement, and exists from birth to death in one form or another. It is a burning desire, most time singular in nature, where learning and experience comes together to produce growth and ability. Most time a specific type of personality, thought to be hardwired from very early development, pushes to change us internally, like quitting smoking or to speak in front of a large audience. In its very nature it moves from internal to external, as we attempt to manipulate environment, with a new invention… or just hard work. Without this motivation, surely we would still be living in a cave…

The motivation of power usually takes an alpha form, where control of ourselves, others, and our environment is emphatically desired. Most often, along with the need to control environment, a need to control others by some form manipulation might give one the ability, to a degree, to manipulate the future. Sometimes, the need for this power is so great, they will aspire to do just about anything to accomplish it. Considerations, both moral and ethical, push aside all possible consequence… but also… it may be illegal. But this kind of motivation considers itself above all law as it moves to accomplish its task…. and if it prescribes to any moral compass at all, it will be designed by them… the code of a thief, or a mafia manifesto, and all of it can be suspended if need be. Rules are not designed to be moral, but to be used for the purpose of success…

Social motivation is a desire to belong, to be accepted into the fold of a particular peer group, such as a political party, a religion, or a race or creed. This is again internal, innate at times but mostly taught, and always with the need for acceptance and affiliation. So strong are these social motivations, that questioning the validity or value of it is very difficult if not impossible, as most believe that what they are experiencing, their reality, is ultimate truth. Most all positive contributions in our society come from those who are socially motivated, and good and bad, right and wrong, positive or negative outcomes manifest entirely by the method by which it is used… which brings us to the final, most destructive form of motivation… FEAR.

The motivation of fear involves consequences, and most often is manifest after the failure of an incentive form of motivation. This is important to note. To be clear, for instance, in a business style of motivation where one refers to the, “carrot and stick,” incentive is the carrot, and fear is the stick.

Punishment, or the possibility of a negative consequences, is a primary form of fear motivation, and this is used widely today, from advertising, politics, religion, to many forms of propaganda from news to current event fabrication… and all of it with an agenda for action. As most all “fear motivation” is instilled, failure to achieve, guilt in may forms, the breaking of rules, and even social taboos inspire fear and in some way… a form of penalty. To find Liberty, to actually see truth, an understanding of fear is primary.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.Franklin D. Roosevelt

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.John F. Kennedy

Author’s note: Finding your master is easy. Look to what, or who, you can not talk about. It will be found in the folds of social constraint, taboo, and well hidden in the doubts of your own inspiration. The hardest of all avenues to traverse is the concept of truth, where lies are intentional and reality manipulated from a forgotten or rewritten history. And yet, nothing has more intrinsic value for the health of a lucid mind, as truth is the illumination of sanity, and the bane of evil intent. Truth guards us from the claws of fear. with heavy hearts unburdened, and transforms our conscious minds with an ability to formulate a decision based on righteous principles. When truth is relinquished, fear becomes a cancer to each and every act, and propels us to sit on the precipice of confusion, and without knowing why, as no viable decision can be made. This is the mind of a slave, and the greatest of all tragedy in our humanity… slavery of the spirit. A tragedy that can only be stifled by a singular ideal, the need to find truth.

War is wrought by mighty men. Men who justify the blood of innocence for their own selfish concerns. It is, to a pragmatic mind, pure genius in both depth and scope. It destroys dreams, and innocent lives are extinguished to white ash. The cost of that endeavor is paid in full, with a 17.8 trillion in debt… a debt that can never be paid, and inherited by our children. And yet, as new money is printed out of thin air, new loans are issued to rebuild. And the hidden tax of inflation enslaves us all… forever. Until of course, when we foreclose.

I know this… a singular concept that is my redemption in a world of evil men: that any religion who promotes the killing of another, is suspect. And as I do not pretend to know the mind of God, as so many others exclaim to be inspired… no Loving God-Creator of my comprehension would sanction it under any circumstance… and so it must be man-made, war, inspired by men, and not from the mind of God… and so I propose to you that we are not obliged, in any way or fashion, to obey. And yes, there are things worthy to sacrifice our lives, and I count Liberty from Tyranny as a primary one…

I would die to regain Liberty, but never for international corporate profit, or central banking manipulations of our precious America.

A universal law, called cause and effect, seems to be scientifically valid and sound, as what we sow we will reap… and yet, the same bullies, the same universal money-hungry malcontents, the same malevolent shadow manipulators, seem so surprised when there is a reaction that attempts to curb their agenda. There is so much ego wrapped into their masterful deign, that they expect us all to die for them. I say, no thank you just the same… Do not, sir, tread on me. Give me Liberty, or give me your death. Yes, your death, as just one candle of truth in the great voids you create, will curse you. And we will hand this candle, the light of liberty and truth, for our children to cherish, because you are forever cursed to a darkness of your own design… We the people of the United States of America do not belong to you.

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.Sigmund Freud

A civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.Sigmund Freud

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