On fear

"...There are all sorts of minorities, but a minority is only thought of as one when it constitutes some kind of threat to the majority. A real threat or an imagined one. And therein lies the fear. And, if the minority is somehow invisible...the fear is even greater. And this fear is the reason the minority is persecuted. So, there always is a cause. And the cause is fear. Minorities are just people. People... like us.
Letʼs just talk about fear. Fear, after all, is our real enemy. Fear is taking over our world. Fear is being used as a tool of manipulation in our society. Itʼs how politicians peddle policy and how Madison Avenue sells us things that we donʼt need. Think about it. Fear that weʼre going to be attacked, fear that there are communists lurking around every corner, fear that some little Caribbean country that doesnʼt believe in our way of life poses a threat to us. Fear that black culture may take over the world. Fear of Elvis Presleyʼs hips. Well, maybe that one is a real fear.
Fear that our bad breath might ruin our friendships.
Fear of growing old and being alone.
Fear that weʼre useless and that no one cares what we have to say..."
-from A Single Man, adapted from the novel by Christopher Isherwood and directed by Tom Ford