The Vikings did not know fear. They discovered that fear served to enslave people, and they began to promote it. It didn’t even have to be a fear of something tangible, in fact, it had better not be.
The Vikings knew no fear
When the Vikings invaded France in 845, they easily defeated all the troops sent by King Louis. As the King’s army had a 10 to 1 advantage, the myth spread among the Franks that the Vikings knew no fear.
-Of course we know fear,” said Ragnar, “we just don’t encourage it. Fear leads to servitude, obedience and slavery, which is a far worse fate than dying in battle.
We do not worship a chief, he is just one more, momentarily elected, we discuss everything in assemblies, and our women are free.
6000 years ago the manipulators discovered that fear served to enslave people, and began to promote it. It didn’t even have to be a fear of something tangible, in fact, it had better not be.
Fear of a demon, a vengeful god or a wicked universe was just as useful.
Fear caused 150,000 Egyptians to exhaust their lives dragging 12-ton stones across the Sahara to build the Great Pyramid.
Who ordered them to do it? A Pharaoh, his ministers and two ARCHITECTS. No more than 14 people. Fear caused parents to hand over their daughters to be burned as witches, or their sons to be sacrificed on an altar, or in the trenches of Verdun.
Sometimes there were people who would not submit, in the year 1000 a group of young men on the island of Bora Bora got tired of the human sacrifices that had turned paradise into hell.
-If you don’t like it, leave, you misfits,” they were told with a laugh.
Where were they going to go?
So they loaded a ship with food and animals and set sail. You will be killed by storms, sharks and thirst, they shouted at them. They sailed for 22 days without knowing where they were going, until they found some uninhabited islands they called Hawaii.
Before going down, they promised each other that there would never again be sacrifices, that if anyone wanted to honor a god, they should do it with flowers.
There is a big difference between FEAR and FEAR. Fear is that feeling that allows us to subsist, it is that “alarm” that warns us that we have to take care of ourselves and many times it is the result of previous experiences.
It also allows us to take care of our life, family and belongings and it is something natural.
FEAR is that paralyzing feeling that prevents you not only from thinking or reasoning, but also incapacitates you because of the terror you feel even at very high levels, it immobilizes you until it even leads you to death because of the inability to react.
And it is precisely fear that has historically caused so many limiting beliefs in our lives.
DON’T BE AFRAID! Our children -and puppies- are born fearless, fear is cultural ….