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Fears Are Not Forever Essay

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Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated, “When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” The bully that we face in our world today is all of the things that we feel will bring us down and prevent us from achieving our desires. Upon watching the movie Extraterrestrial or E.T. it is evident that from the time in which the world was now discovering aliens until the status quo, there have been changes in what we fear. In the current society there are many things that are now found acceptable, that in previous years may ...view middle of the document...

Currently, there are fears of nuclear annihilation as there have been an increase in developments of nuclear weapons, however in the past this fear was not apparent, as advanced weaponry did not exist in previous times. In addition, there have been fears of alien invasions and even extinction from mythological stories in the past, yet in the status quo we do not fear these things as much because of new knowledge and shifts in mindsets. There used to exist the norm that we should fear others who are stronger than us, but recently this norm changed as bullying became a more heinous and life-threatening action and it became time to stand up to this fear. The fear of aliens itself has also changed as we have a broader understanding of extraterrestrial life and have come to a conclusion that from our current knowledge there does not exist any life forms outside the scope of our solar system. This provided a change in mindset regarding these fears and how they play out in society. Thus, the fears from the past have either evolved or have been disintegrated in our modern world.
Social norms play a key factor in the way we fear things and to what extend they may affect us. The norms that we have, provide us with the way we go about understanding things and these norms can even change our mindsets. What society considers normal and different are an example of what we may fear as people desire to be the “normal” being in society rather than be different and an outcast. Furthermore, the implication that norms have on fears is that fears are a state of mind and can be easily changed through a different attitude or point of...

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