I fear human stupidity. Partly because it often comes accompanied by violence, and occasionally that violence is directed at me.
Even if I “win” a fight I didn’t want, as far as I’m concerned I’ve still lost, because at best I’ve had to deal with fear.
At worst I’ve only “won” in the sense that the other person is slightly more damaged by the fight than I am.
The other frightening thing about human stupidity is that there’s so much of it, and it affects the quality of decision-making in democracies. For example, the Australian population has just voted to reinstall a government that intends to kill the Great Barrier Reef by putting in a coal mine that will be dumping waste into the ocean there. They also intend to do nothing about global warming except for encouraging more coal use, using tax-payer money to make mining companies even richer. In exchange the mining companies donate more money to the Government’s political party, and to individual Government members.
Stupid bastards are killing this planet, and we don’t have another one.
So stupidity scares me. Humans need to become more intelligent, and prize intelligence more.
Thank fuck there are people who love me, but if I lost that it would destroy me. I would go literally mad, insane with grief.
I know this because that has happened to me, causing the most intense misery in my life, and pain I could barely stand. I never want to experience that again.
So loneliness is really my biggest, darkest and most personal fear.