Alright, now, I feel like writing in English. Why? Well, keeping my English too long in the coffin might spoil it. Thus, I feel that I should, from now on, write more English. =)
Have you ever heard about the "Ideology of Fear"? Well, it is basically an ideology in which fear conquers all. From East to West, from politics to economical issues, from major powers to tiny states, this ideology has been spreading along very rapidly in the world today.
It is having an unmistakable impact on the way human beings perceive the world, as fear is omnipresent and deeply ingrained. In this ideology, fear conquers all.
Fear will cause emotions to overcome rational analysis. Because of the fear that the particular person has, he or she will definitely make decisions using only his or her feelings at the time, without even considering the empirical methods that can be used.
For instance, take the current political situations around the world today. When any administration is being threatened by any factors whatsoever, thus fear will emerge in their minds. Thus, the administration might go on and USE this fear, and choose to eliminate those threatening factors using any possible methods that they could think off, including the meanest of ways, without even thinking of other more diplomatic alternatives. This is how fear can overcome rational analysis.
Ahah, another example is the fear to spread out the truth to other people, as one might feel threatened just to speak out the truth. Imagine, when revealing the truth in public, one might be getting threats by other people who want to kill him or her, just because he or she is telling the truth. Or, when revealing the truth in public, one might get jailed unnecessarily and without trial. Fear will definitely be engraved in anybody's heart if he or she knows what risks that might be faced if he or she speaks out the truth. Thus, that person will hide the truth, and will just pretend to accept whatever information that is accepted by the general public, even though he or she actually knows what the other, let's say, 1 million people, do not know.
There are other explanations regarding this ideology, but I choose to stop here. I guess you have got the picture.
To me, this ideology has to be eliminated from each and every one of us. Why? Because fear might cause us to not think properly. Imagine, when fear arises, our way of thinking would surely be affected. Consequently, our decisions will also be affected.
Regarding our beloved religion, Islam, well, the ideology of fear also has a major impact. For instance, fear might cause a da'ie to stop spreading the truth to others, as he or she might be afraid to face the terrible reactions of the people they preach to, or that he or she is afraid that the objective to tell the truth to the targeted people fails. However, in the Qur'an, there is a verse in Surah Al-Baqarah which says that truth HAS to be spread.
[Al-Baqarah, 2 : 159]
Thus, let us all conquer our fears!
*Note, the verse is directly translated from the Malay version, so it might sound a bit, urm, bad...