In ages now past - James Francis Poli Sci 103 In ages now...

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James Francis Poli Sci 103 In ages now past, great explorers like Magellan and Polo ruled the seas. They went looking for treasure and for glory. Some found what they sought, others were not as lucky. However when they explored the new frontiers they were afraid. This is because fear of the unknown is a characteristic long since embraced by the human psyche. For some reason these great explorers and there crews needed a reason to be afraid. They started saying that monsters live in those uncharted waters and giants as big as houses live in this unexplored land. Suddenly they had a reason to be afraid. I know that everyone, whether they admit it or not, is afraid of what they do not know. This can be a good thing or bad thing, I'm sure this fear has saved quite a few lives. However in this generation we know almost all there is to know, or at least we think we do (I'll get to that later in this passage), and there is only one territory left uncharted, save space; That territory is the future. I believe that most people are afraid of what the future may bring. Much like those explores in centuries past we need something to fear, which is why I believe the media has such a huge infatuation with doom and gloom. I believe this is why concepts such as global warming, nuclear war, and the bird flu cause such huge worldwide fear epidemics. Is it possible to look into the future with hope and a happy outlook on life? I think it is possible but, people still, and always will fear what they do not know. Is this a bad thing? Yes and no. I think it can help in saving lives and preventing bad things from happening. However, it can also cause panic
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