It is a simple truth. Fear drives most of our irrational decisions and our inability to admit it is in fact the greatest fallacy of all. Violence, war, hatred, discrimination, cruelty – it is all at base and in essence just fear under another name.
People fear the truth of their own essential vulnerability more than they fear each other. Fear of other is only really a manifestation of this internal fear of self and of the transience and loss that each person is intimately heir to. The layers and patterned misdirection(s) of ideology, of institutional or inflammatory nationalist rhetoric are all merely vessels and masks for the continuing proliferation of fear and all that it brings.
We are all subject to exploitation by the darker angels of our minds.