Monday, July 11, 2011

fear

"By: Susana Klinkicht
susanak@hoy.com.ec "Fear is smart." This saying meant to counter the machismo that prohibits being afraid of men, excellently summarized an interview broadcast Thursday by Radio Nederland with the philosopher Daniel Innerarity. He said that a good portion of fear had been a good counselor to avoid, for example, the economic crisis caused by the audacity and irresponsibility. But there are fears that paralyze, caused by the uncertainty of what lies ahead. Harnessing fear would be a major task of the rulers. His statements were made ​​to mark the publication of a collection of papers entitled The great thinkers of humanity threatened: to govern global risks, which carried out along with Javier Solana. Although this book is aimed at preventing and anticipating threats to the world Innerarity, who, more than professor and researcher, is editor, has also addressed the issue in relation to everyday circumstances and, especially, politics. In a contribution to the country holding "The government emotional," clarified ago couple of years how positive emotions are not only distort the rationality that is supposed to be the engine of political processes. He gives as examples of trust and hope but also fear, and when it comes to innovation, fearlessness. The government should influence the social emotions, Innerarity said. "The weakening of the institutions that provided identity and integration has left a vacuum that is often filled with emotional speeches populist." Important reflection, we should take seriously into account when explaining why in Ecuador and in similar countries, including some where it was assumed that the exercise of democracy had been perfected, creek as fast speech that appeals to the feelings that are repressed in politics. Here, emotions become a resource "desdemocratizador." Our society is witnessing the way how the fear of service of a political project of this kind. It would be important to investigate how it came to our country, "the depoliticization of the sentimental," which, according to the Spanish philosopher, leaves a vacuum which made ​​possible this kind of government. In an interview granted to the Vanguard newspaper, criticizes the claim control of the rulers of society to impose ideas of progress, instead of articulating what society wants. "Governing" he says, "is much more complex command and control". Historically, fear of death caused by another have contributed to the construction of civil and political society under a sovereign, but today, the fear must be transformed into a constructive and be a source of strength of democracy. "Scare" would be exactly the opposite would be lethargic to govern alone.The question is to what or to whom."Link

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