The Nature Of People And How They Make Decisions Based On Fears

1435 Words Oct 20th, 2016 6 Pages
Fear is something that drives this world. It is a natural emotion that causes damage to the body and mind, affecting our decisions, communication, and productivity. Whether we want to accept it or not, fear has a purpose which is to help us during times of struggle. We take comfort in our fears and let it soothe us. Eula Biss in her essay, “On Immunity: An Inoculation” brings a great point on how people seem to base their paranoia off of other people’s fears, and lack of knowledge. Due to this, we have come to this one-sided mentality, and have started a war between right and wrong. And all because we are afraid of what can happen. Discussed in the essay is the nature of people and how they make decisions based on fears rather than facts. She discusses our perception of diseases and the big battle between the unnatural and natural part of our world by building an argument for both sides, and going into great detail on how people are threatened by things that they do not understand. Bacteria and germs are organisms that are feared, because of the perceived damage that some but not all cause. We are so afraid of bacteria and germs that we are using a product that is ineffective. In her essay Biss goes into great detail on fear and how it drives us, and how the things that we fear are things that we believe are bad and can harm us. However, the main point that Biss seems to bring in her essay is, are the things that we believe are bad, really that bad? Biss’s essay is really…

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