End fear and anger


Fear sells and anger drives. Cli­mate change. Gun con­trol. Im­mi­gra­tion. Health care re­form. Refugees. So­cial equal­ity. We are ac­costed by th­ese top­ics on a daily ba­sis and the way they are pre­sented is of­ten meant to in­duce fear or anger. I re­al­ize this is an ef­fec­tive means of per­sua­sion, but aren’t we bet­ter than this? Isn’t pos­i­tive per­sua­sion and kind­ness a bet­ter way?

I see a much brighter Amer­ica than what is of­ten shown to us. Pos­i­tiv­ity and com­pro­mise are much bet­ter tools for per­sua­sion. There is no need for the scary In­ter­net click­bait about the govern­ment steal­ing our rights or ter­ror­ists hid­ing amid refugees. State the facts and re­al­ize peo­ple will read and make in­formed de­ci­sions. Some­times I try con­vinc­ing my chil­dren to be­have bet­ter by threat­en­ing an early bed time or speak­ing in raised, an­gry tones, but most of the time it just causes them to act out with in­creased neg­a­tive be­hav­ior. Don’t we usu­ally lock up and push back when some­one tries to scare us into agree­ment?

Amer­ica is great and we can make it greater by not stoop­ing to fear-mon­ger­ing and driv­ing anger. So, no more petty name-call­ing and heated, an­gry ALL CAPS In­ter­net fo­rum de­bates. There are so­lu­tions to cur­rent is­sues, but they do not need to be sold with fear or have peo­ple an­gry to make the change. We will have more agree­ments and find more so­lu­tions to prob­lems we face in our coun­try by per­suad­ing through pos­i­tiv­ity, kind­ness and com­pro­mise.

Cameron Sch­midt


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