Why is fear so effective?

Why is fear so effective?


Pierre-Luc Brillant, 44, actor and musician, will be the PQ candidate in Rosemont.

Friday, in our section Make the difference< /em>, he explained his decision to plunge into the political arena to advance the cause of independence.

His advocacy was striking for its sincerity, its idealism, its broadness of view, its appeal to what is best in the people of Quebec.


Many readers praised and encouraged him, but I'm mostly interested here in the negative comments.

I'm interested in them because they were wonderfully representative of a common way of thinking.

Go read them and you'll understand where I'm coming from.

The opponents of Mr. Brillant's position did not extol the merits of Canada very much.

Rather, they insisted that the independence project would be outdated, that we would lose this or that federal largesse, that we would not be able to get by without Ottawa.

There are perfectly sensible answers to all of this.

Do the already independent nations seem to think that their own independence is now outdated?

If equalization is paid to Quebec because it is less richer than the Canadian average, is membership in this federation so beneficial?

Doesn't the planet have many small prosperous nations?

However, it's been the same refrain for decades: not able, not able, not able…

This masochistic denigration of our abilities has proven to be undeniably effective.

How to explain its lasting success?

No one has explained it better than Camille Laurin:

“Fate, he said, wanted the Quebecer to be born and grow up under the sign of ambiguity and ambivalence, which makes him a confused, tormented being, divided against himself, incapable of integrating the elements of his rich personality, to harmonize his aspirations and his action, to inscribe his dreams in reality, to shake off the tutelage, to overcome his fears, to face the unknown at his own risk and peril, to fully assume its freedom, its history and its existence”.

Reread carefully.

It's all there, never better said: ambiguity, confusion, doubt, fear, paralysis.

< p>Faced with the choice between risk and security, a psychologically structured homo kebekensis will choose security instead of audacity and overcoming.

Moreover, if Camille Laurin and Jacques Parizeau aroused such hatred visceral, infinitely more than René Lévesque, it is because their adversaries saw that these two Quebecers were not afraid of anything or anyone.

They did not correspond to the classic image of the Quebecer diminished by doubt, fear, hesitation, aiming low.

They didn't need to scream either. They assumed themselves completely, without the slightest complex, with calm and confidence.


The CAQ will be re-elected because Quebecers find it reassuring, and because the other parties are not ready to govern.

But the CAQ remains a short-term political project.

I would find it tragic if the PQ, the only party to keep in live the sovereignist ideal, die.

Why is fear so effective?