Carlos Santana is one of the great musicians of the past half century. But for some reason, perhaps due to a systemic flaw in human civilization, famous musicians almost always lose touch with reality. Today, Carlos Santana sent the following John Lennon homage out to his thousands of Facebook followers.
What would the world be Without FEAR
1) There would be no WAR
2) There would be no hatred
3) There would be no separation
>From your own light
4) There would be no lack of anything
5) There would the end of the illusion that there is not enough for everyone
6) There would be only one flag as all countries & nationalities would live as 'one'.
7) There would be visible rainbow angels everywhere
8) All people would be happy & at peace
Please feel free to add your own
By Carlos and Cindy
(The elegant simplicity of this version of human nature is reminiscent of the old hit War by Edwin Starr.)
From what I could tell, the response from Santana's fans to this claptrap in the comment section was overwhelmingly positive. As conservatives and libertarians, of course, we know this is folly. Or perhaps, because we know this is folly, we are conservatives or libertarians. Economic scarcity is real. Familial affection and tribal behavior are in our genes. Rainbow angels, based on the current best evidence, remain invisible.
But the biggest whopper here is scapegoating fear as the root of all evil. Fear is a natural, healthy human emotion. It evolved (or was given to us by God) to help us survive in a dangerous world. It is an unreasoning instinct that protects us from harm, drives us to improve, and prevents us from doing stupid things.
I would like to ask my fellow Riconizens, besides the three vague reasons I gave above, what good is fear to you? Or, if you are so inclined, what bad?