To be in fear is not our natural state, LOVE is, but we are programmed almost from birth, first by our also programmed parents, then by our schools and religions, followed by a ceaseless barrage of propaganda from corporations and governments, turning us into finely crafted cogs in the terror, greed, consumption machine that is capitalism.
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
~ Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark