This experiment is incredibly important due to its implications in the micro as well as macrocosm of society. It demonstrates that fears can be learned and conditioned in individuals through synaptic connections strengthened over a series of repetitions of a fear inducing event. This information can be implemented by nodes of power in order to place limitations upon individuals and further enforce a dominant ideology that further serves their purposes. This in turn effects society as a whole. If we are all conditioned to fear certain things (poverty, ill health, death, etc.) we become paralyzed by this emotion, which greatly diminishes our potential as individual human beings. Fear functions as a separating, dividing force that keeps individuals of a certain class preoccupied with needing to feel accepted by others, thus encouraging them to actively seek social acceptance by assimilating themselves even more into the cultural ideas projected upon them.