The Fear Of The Unknown

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Humanity has a natural curiosity to it. A sort of drive to seek out the unknown and discover the wondrous. But often our systems of power that are regarded as perfect eliminate the need for that curiosity. The most powerful rulers or governments leave nothing left unknown and the people are often depicted, as in Utopia, as being perfectly happy to go along with that. Even though removing the unknown from the human experience seriously deprives us of humanness, it is often argued as being the easier option. According the stories and historical accounts, the purpose of establishing human power or governments is to provide a relief from the unknown. This is because we innately fear the unknown, power gives control to that fear, and therefore the most perfect level of control is one that removes all instances of the unknown from those under it. Fear is arguably one of the strongest human emotions and can greatly affect those who experience it. The fear of the unknown is a classic version of this emotion. Many children feel it as a part of growing up as they explore the world. It also expresses itself in the more adult world as fear of the divine, fear of the future, or even fear of new peoples. The government in Carthage was uncertain in its own future after its people moved in masse to the newly discovered island. They acted out of fear and stopped the entire process (De Montaigne 107-108). The government of Carthage certainly didn’t know one way or the other if the people
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