Fear

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 or punishment.

In many ways terrorists are a lot like the road terrorists. 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 among other motorists.

This is where we have to be careful. If we let our counter rage, our anger, or fear, encouraged by government comment or actions, to control our common sense then we give up our franchise of free will choice and the freedoms that come with that franchise.

President Roosevelt was right when he said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Sometimes we forget that truth.

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