Tim Tamashiro

Tim Tamashiro is an entertainer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

The Worry Trap

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What's the goal of worry?

Worrying about something doesn't make anything better. Believing that something terrible will come as a result of a decision doesn't make the decision right or wrong. Worry doesn't solve problems; it creates them.

Did you know that 99 out of 100 things we worry about never come to light? Statistically speaking, worry is a direct ticket to misery. We worry over things we can't control and the end result is... well... what is the end result? There's no control. There's no goal achieved. Worry is wasted energy.

So, what's the goal of worry? 

Unfortunately, the answer is votes. Yup. Worry = I'm right and you're wrong and vice versa without the burden of proof so vote for me.

Worry has become the primary tool for social change in the world. Worry is propaganda and I don't use "propaganda" as a word to worry you either. Look it up. You'll see exactly what I mean. It's the most effective word I can use in this circumstance.

Politicians know that voters love to worry. The more worry they can create, the more speculation, the more emotional reaction, the more potential to sway votes. It's a worry trap and here's how it works:


  1. Choose an issue.

  2. Speculate (give us something to worry about).

  3. Use the media to repeat the speculation as often as possible.

  4. Earn support through worry

  5. Repeat.


Worry doesn't rely on proof. It doesn't lend itself to accountability or a guaranteed result. Worry has no foundation.

Worry leads where? Wherever people let it lead them to.