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Why do people fear the unknown?

2012, end of the world being unknown as of now

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I embrace the unknown ;)

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how?
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First you must ask why does the unknown fear people...

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no, makes no sense.
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Are you asking specifically about the "end of the world?" Because I can chalk that up to just plain fear of dying.

But fear of the unknown, I'll answer the best I can:
Imagine walking down a road in the middle of the night, and there are no lights, no stars in the sky, no sounds to hear, and no people to talk to. Just you and the road in front of you. There is a heavy fog that blocks your view in front of you and behind you, just enough that you can barely make out your own outstretched hand. Now imagine that you looked down at the road and discovered that there actually is no ground at all, and suddenly you wished you hadn't looked down. You're walking on nothing, into nothingness, blind and deaf to everything around you, and all you can see is a void. Your past? Hazy at best. Your future? You just have to wait until it jumps out two feet in front of you. You ask yourself: How do I know which path to take when I can't even see them? How can I prepare for anything when I can't see it coming? How do I keep calm when my life is nothing but a heavy fog in darkness? Why can't I know the future? What will happen to me?

That is fear of the unknown.

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no mostly just americans in specfic. Everywhere, I see very american people who dont want to accept things that they do know much about. This seems all because they are lazy and lack the ability to be open minded, content people. Thus, they (even anyone else) become paranoid, scared, jump to accusations, coclusions...Many people are in need of enlightenment. Its just that I see mostly americans behave this way is all.
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I don't even know how to be a content person, and I can't see how that's possible with all of this constant pressure. Is it like that in other countries? Or is it really just the US who forces its citizens to live the government's idea of a "content" life. Is that the American dream? To work all my life in a McDonalds or some stuffy office until I die, just to be allowed the luxury of food and shelter?

But I'm getting off the point. This is supposed to be the melting pot of all countries - so why the heck is there all this hate and prejudice and fear of the neighbors? I completely agree that there is something hugely wrong with Americans, but I can't even begin to understand what it is or where it comes from. Maybe we're spoilt, stuck up brats. Maybe we liked the idea of freedom and equality at one point, and then somewhere along the road we confused "equality" with "hey, I don't mind if you live here, just stay away from me or there's gonna be problems."

Oh America, you contradictive weasel.
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yes, americans on average have grown, changed to be lazy. I greatly blame McDonalds, then secondly other fast foods. Americans want and want it now. (fastfood) A lot of Americans fail to see what the government does to 18 year olds with sending them to war. Dont send kids over to Afgan, kids with futures. But the government does this through paying for their college. "go over and fight for me, I'll pay for your schooling, health benfits, dental, security. These young people dont realize what they're really going for though. Getting off point now. It's just that things like this with the tobacco companies and alcohol companies have gotten so much money, power, they control what goes on now. I totally am against this type of authority. But it's just only in America does this happen mostly.
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Because the unknown sparks the imagination and not necessarily in a good way! : D

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