With Halloween coming soon, this time of year is when all the scary ghouls and spooky ghosts come out to play. When better a time of year than now, to talk about your worst fears!!!
I have two big personal fears; large dogs and open water. By no means are these fears crippling at all, but when faced with them, I tend to get very uneasy and bordering on uncomfortable. With large dogs, this stems back to when I was a kid. A neighbor had this huge dog, I mean HUGE dog and it had gotten out of the yard once. Seeing as I was one of the bigger kids of our pack, it was by default my task to wrangle this beast back to my friends yard. Well, I got ahold of him, he looked up at me as if to say “I’m sorry about what’s about to happen” and he took off. This huge dog galloped down the sidewalk with a shockingly impressive speed, the problem was that I was still holding on to him and being drug along like a big can behind a just married car. About a city block and a half later, my hand finally released from under his collar and although I rolled to a stop, this huge dog kept going. Eventually he made his way home, but my knee in particular got damaged pretty badly. Ever since then, I’m just really not a big fan of large dogs or generally intimidating dogs.
As far as my fear of open water, I can’t really pin point the root cause of that one. It could be from a near drowning incident when I was little, but that wasn’t really open water. Not certain on that one, but none the less, fears can be an incredibly crippling experience pending the severity of your fear. Fears can be all sorts of things; animals; places; lifestyle choices; foods; activities; occurrences; in all seriousness, you name it, it either is or can be a fear. Recently, Chapman University in Orange, CA did a survey of 1,500+ adults and asked for their level of fear in 80+ fears across a wide range of topics.
I’m not going to regurgitate all of their data or findings, you can go look for yourself.
The things I find fascinating is corruption of government officials is the #1 fear with a pretty resounding lead. I thought that most government officials were already corrupt, why fear what is already practically an expectation at this point?
Nearly tied were cyber-terrorism, corporate tracking of personal information, and terrorist attacks. These are all perfectly legitimate fears, that’s for sure. I mean, cyber-terrorism is a problem no matter how you try to analyze it. You have one person sitting at a computer, with near total anonymity, pushing the right keystrokes to cause potentially terrible things to happen. You can look to nearly any new source, large or small, and find an article of recent that discusses cyber-terrorism; scary stuff. Now, corporate tracking of personal information, I honestly think that this should actually be tied into or with cyber-terrorism. More often than not, cyber-terrorism happens in order to gain all of that personal information, so really, the two should be one. Either way, yes, a company who harvests personal information from its customers should really have top notch security no matter what. And then there’s terrorist attacks, which is again, virtually the same thing as cyber-terrorism, it’s just a different vehicle to attack people with similar results. We all know of the Boston Marathon bombing and obviously 9/11, terrorism in any form, foreign or domestic, is abhorrent. I’m honestly a little shocked that terrorism didn’t nudge up a bit higher than it did.
Then comes Government tracking of personal information. I’m thinking this must be the whole bit about the Government tracking our whereabouts, where we shop, what we read, how many minutes I was on the toilet after eating that giant burrito! To that I say, good for you Government, now you have data on my considerably mundane life. Enjoy!
The next three were also very close in ratings; bio-warfare, identify theft, and economic collapse. Bio-warfare is pretty frightening when you really think about it. I mean some mentally imbalanced warlord thinks it’s a great idea to load a missile with some chemical that makes people sick, violent, or whatever. Then after exposure, people affected would very likely die an incredibly terrible and unpleasant demise. Only a few points behind that is identity theft, which obviously in comparison is obviously equally as concerning. And the other side of this fear sandwich is economic collapse, WOOOO Daddy! I am not particularly fearful of economic collapse, and neither is Michael Snyder (whom I agree with).
Rounding up the Top 10 is running out of money in the future and credit card fraud. Now, I’m just going to go ahead and say it, but I think these two are unnecessary choices. I mean, running out of money in the future, for anyone who doesn’t have a 401K, I could see this as being a perfectly legitimate concern, but an actual fear? Hmm… not sure I agree with that. None the less, for all of the people out there who have jobs that the employer doesn’t offer 401K or perhaps are self-employed, there are always options to start saving now for retirement. Credit card fraud, that ties in very tight conjunction with several others within the top 10 and here’s a good article about protecting against credit card fraud.
Fear is one incredible thing; seeing something can make you uneasy, going somewhere can make you sweat, feeling something can cause you to freeze, worrying about something happening can make you insane! All in all, I’m really curious to know what you think and/or what your fear(s) are?