If we look at all the crises our world is in, we definitely need some sort of societal renewal strategies. The crises put more and more pressure on it. Fear is one of the major obstacles we could (should) tackle. Love for each other (or trust) is one of the most simple cures for it and it doesn't cost a thing.
We all know that our society is currently at the verge of reinventing itself. And the crises increases our awareness that something should be done about it, and quickly please! But for some reason we seem to get stock somewhere in the middle, probably waiting for eachother or for the ones that dare to make the first move. I believe fear is the primary driving force that hinders, slows down or even disables making these highly wanted moves. It might be fear of the unknown, not knowing exactly what will happen next. It might also be fear for not being totally in control. Or it might be fear for inconsistent behavior (Goffman's Interaction Rituals). And yet, there is no need to fear if we allow eachother this reinvention process. All we need is a basic behavior of letting go and trusting eachother. Foster a learning modus. Stimulate Open Innovation initiatives. Co-create. Share collective intelligence. Allow eachother to make beginners mistakes. We don't have to be ashamed because we never have learned in school how to reinvent society, do we? Or how to survive a global crisis. So the least we could do is start by trusting each other in this renewal process and don't blame one another for learning mistakes.
Fear is one of the primary root causes. Some additional barriers are greed, status, apathy, frustration and anger.
Love is the opposite of fear. And it doesn't cost anything. If you can't deliver love, deliver trust.
Danah Zohar's book 'Spirituele Waarde' explaining what 'generic' driving forces are and which transformation principles can help tackle them.