when we think that the universe is made of bits of things and not all a part of one thing it becomes easier and easier to think in terms of seperation. the fearful person creates ever more complex and smaller and more seperate little bits of things and makes rules and regulations to govern and seperate these bits. pretty soon there are huge industries of rules and regulations governing tiny bits created by fearful people so that we can`t do anything in case something might happen.
and there are, of course, people who can tell you the statistical likelyhood of something happening to these precious bits of things. so we`d better just not do what we want to do so that the bits of things will be safe.
the bits have become more important than we are.