Concepts of human
fear and obedience :
organisation called 'Vodafone' in the mid 1990's
was based on a most extraordinary social
structure of fear and obedience (which is of
course why the book is called 'Vodafear').
Further publications are in progress to examine
these human traits in a much wider context.
Meanwhile... some well known quotes on the
nature of human fear.
It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear
of losing power corrupts those who wield it
and fear of the scourge of power corrupts
those who are subject to it.
AUNG SAN SUU
KYI, Freedom from Fear
No passion so
effectually robs the mind of all its powers of
acting and reasoning as fear.
On the Sublime and Beautiful
"I must not
fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the
little-death that brings total obliteration. I
will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over
me and through me. And when it has gone past I
will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where
the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I
--- Frank Herbert, Dune
Fear is the
enemy of logic.
SINATRA, quoted in The Way You Wear Your Hat
self-awareness is the progenitor of his
alienation, fear, egocentrism, and anxiety;
therefore, the unexamined life is worth living
for the human herds, because it gives them a
sense of false security and pseudo-belonging.
Fear is the ulcer of the masses that cripples
their psyche and vanquishes their freedom.
Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to
anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to
YODA, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
T.S. ELIOT, The Waste Land
To him who is in fear everything rustles.
SOPHOCLES, Acrisius [fragment]
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is
fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear
is fear of the unknown.
H.P. LOVECRAFT, Supernatural Horror in
If there is one thing which I would banish from
the earth it is fear.
HENRY FORD, Theosophist Magazine, Feb. 1930
Fear has many eyes and can see things
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, Don Quixote
The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared
of anyone or anything.
FRANK SINATRA, quoted in The Way You Wear Your
Fear can't hurt you any more than a dream.
WILLIAM GOLDING, Lord of the Flies
If you turned the fabric of our lives over, I
imagined the design on the backside would be
woven in the bleak grays of doubt and fear.
STEPHENIE MEYER, Breaking Dawn
Fear is contagious. You can catch it.
NEIL GAIMAN, The Graveyard Book
Always use the proper names for things. Fear of
a name increases fear of the thing itself.
J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
You are frightened of everything. You call it
caution. You call it common sense. You call it
practicality. You call it playing the odds, but
that's only because you're afraid to call it by
its real name, and its real name is fear.
MICK FARREN, Darklost
Fear is never an actuality; it is either before
or after the active present. When there is fear
in the active present, is it fear? It is there
and there is no escape from it, no evasion
possible. There, at that actual moment, there is
total attention at the moment of danger,
physical or psychological. When there is
complete attention there is no fear. But the
actual fact of inattention breeds fear; fear
arises when there is an avoidance of the fact, a
flight; then the very escape itself is fear.
JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, On Fear
A thing may be dreaded as long as it has not
Fear sells. Fear makes money. The countless
companies and consultants in the business of
protecting the fearful from whatever they may
fear know it only too well. The more fear, the
better the sales.
DANIEL GARDNER, The Science of Fear
Social control is best managed through fear.
MICHAEL CRICHTON, State of Fear
(Not so well known..) If I could work magic, I
would glue back together
all of the atoms of the human who was called
Gerald Whent. And when I had glued back the
billions of atoms I would give it life again,
but not before I had burned all of these images
into its brain. And when it announces it is a
`benign dictator` all of our children may see
the truth. I would give it everlasting life, so
that it would no longer have the greatest fear
of all, the fear of it’s own mortality. Vodafear.
In “Obedience to Authority:
An Experimental View”
Stanley Milgram writes:
“Obedience, because of
its very ubiquitousness,
is easily overlooked as
a subject of inquiry in
social psychology. But
without an appreciation
of its role in shaping
human action, a wide
range of significant
behavior cannot be
understood. For an act
carried out under
psychologically, of a
character than action
which is spontaneous.The
person who, with inner
stealing, killing, and
assault may find himself
performing these acts
with relative ease when
commanded by authority.
Behavior that is
unthinkable in an
individual who is acting
on his own may be
hesitation when carried
out under orders.