Some thoughts on fright.
I suppose everybody is frightened by something sometime. We have all sorts of phobias documented by science that give legitimacy to our fears. Acrophobia, thristadeckaphobia, hydrophobia and so on. Phobia is a Greek word meaning fear.
After 9/11 and rightfully so many of us developed terrorphobia. We are worried that some misfits who have no concept of the real world will again kill indiscriminately in order to effect fear and punishment.
In many ways these terrorists are a lot like the road rage guys. It’s their way or no way. The road “rager” will dart dangerously in and out of traffic creating fear and anger and counter rage.
This is where we have to be careful. If we let our counter rage, our anger, or the fear encouraged by government comment or actions to control our common sense then we give up our franchise of choice and many of the freedoms that come with that franchise.
President Roosevelt was right when he said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. I think we’ve forgotten it lately.