Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Fear Of Magic

In the dead of night, a silver Ford Fiesta rumbles quietly on the side of the road. The car sounds its horn and a moment later a hooded man hurtles over a tall fence. The CCTV camera captures the cloaked figure getting into the car and a billow of smoke rising from behind the fence.

The next shot shows a ball of fire running straight up into the sky. A 5G tower has been set ablaze.

Since early April, 77 Britsh 5G towers have been attacked by conspiracy theorists. These people believe there’s a link between 5G and the coronavirus, even though that theory isn’t grounded in any scientific evidence.

The hatred for phone masts comes from fear of electromagnetic waves.

You can’t see an electromagnetic wave, touch it, smell it, or hear it. But it does give our phones a signal. So our caveman brain sounds the alarm even though there’s no danger at all, “Wait a second, these invisible waves could fry our brains or make us sick. Let’s not have these towers around.”

All the 5G hate exists because electromagnetic waves are ‘magic.’ You don’t get it, unless you’re a physicist.

This unga bunga-thinking is also why far more people are afraid to get into an airplane than a car: a metal box with wheels is fine, flying is magic. Meanwhile, it’s far safer to travel by air than by car.

In 2019, there were 86 accidents in the world involving commercial planes. In the same year, over 4.4 million people got injured in car crashes in America.

And yet almost nobody is afraid to get into a car, but almost everyone has some fear of falling out of the sky. Which is why the US yearly spends $17.7 billion on the Federal Aviation Administration and why we have the safety instruction spiel before take off… 

Fear of magic.

When a ‘magic’ technology creeps into our lives, it feels threatening. So we devolve back to cavemen and smack our drums while we make up stories around the campfire.

It’s why people still make a hullabaloo over vaccines. One shot of elixir can protect you for a lifetime against a dozen lifethreatening diseases. Vaccines are so good it’s almost unbelievable. And to some it is unbelievable.

Yet the poorly regulated market for homeopathy, detox diets, supplements, vitamin water, and skin creams is booming, despite their efficacy.

There’s no shame in being afraid of technology. But there is some shame in turning down scientific evidence.

P.S. When it comes to health fads, ignoring scientific efficacy is perfectly reasonable. The placebo effect is nothing to scoff at.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach