Unreasonable Fear?



“Unreasoning fear and political panic only serve our enemy.”  This is what Peter Hartcher points out in this article in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Peter Hartcher is international editor.  (of the SMH)

I believe Peter Hartcher’s article is well worth reading. I hope the URL link works for you.


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Recently I mentioned in one of my posts how in the past little children were made scared of the “Weihnachtsmann” (Santa) so as to make them “good little boys and girls”.

I ask myself, are we in the Western societies all like “little children” that we can be frightened that much by our politicians?  Why do they not frighten us to do any travelling? After all accidents do happen, don’t they? How many people get killed or injured in traffic accidents every year?

Why are women not warned to get into a relationship with a man? After all possessive men may do terrible things. How many women get killed or injured by their partners every year?

Why are we hesitant to let our children walk to school and home by themselves? They could get molested or kidnapped! Well, to how many children does this actually happen every year? Do we teach them not to be too trustful of strangers? What about the internet? Do we have control over how they use the internet?

What is your opinion on all of this?



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/we-need-to-harden-up-unreasonable-fear-of-terrorism-serves-the-enemy-20151207-glhkt0.html#ixzz3tflPehNs
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3 thoughts on “Unreasonable Fear?

  1. I agree with you, Uta. There is so much to be afraid of. I used to run by myself in Mexico when my husband and I visited there. Fellow tourists always questioned my sanity and safety, but I had only delightful encounters. I decided many years ago to not let fear dominate my life, and have usually managed to live so. I don’t need politicians telling me what to fear and trying to whip up a frenzy of fear in my country.

    1. Thank you so much for commenting, Janet. I admire the way you handle your life. You say, you decided many years ago to not let fear dominate your life, and you usually managed to live so. As a child I experienced bomb raids over Berlin and Leipzig, Germany. Still, we did not live in constant fear. This is how I remember it anyway.

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