Can I ask you a question?
Why am I afraid all the time?
A magazine I read had an article "The Age Of Fear." That's me. That's us.
I've been saying it for a while now, everything it seems is out to scare us half to death. Don't think so? Watch the news. Read the papers. Watch tv shows. The movies. Everything it seems is in full booga booga mode.
And don't get me started on hacking.
How many passwords do you have and how often do you change them? They tell us to change passwords on a regular basis and to not have the same one for everything. They make me think I'm not doing enough to protect my family, my assets, my life. I'm guessing they make you feel the same way.
Hackers aren't looking for small potatoes like me but I'll bet it's way tough on banks to keep all that money safe. A famous quote attributed to bank robber Willie Sutton, "I rob banks because that's where the money is." Same goes for hackers.
But we're all afraid that our personal information could be taken and sold in some dark alley somewhere. You know the mantras. Shred everything. Don't leave your social security number where someone might find it. Watch out for those free wifi zones.
Turn on the news.
Now, if you're like me the next thing you do is you turn off the news. Where do they find these stories? It's some new danger that you didn't know about, some new disease that's gonna get you, some new survey that says everything you thought was right is wrong. But that's okay, there will be another survey in a couple of months.
By the way, I'll be the one in the corner in a fetal position.
Now go to the movies.
I've seen enough on, the end of the world, the zombie apocalypse, blood and guts everywhere, massive hurricanes, conspiracy theories. It goes on and on. What happened to the smart movies, the gentle ones? What happened to the uplifting ones?
Am I being a ninny?
There used to be a joke about coming out of a movie humming the theme song. That joke doesn't fly so much these days.
There are things that go bump in the night, all over the tube. And it's not just that, it seems like there are murderers and predators and serial whatevers and shady characters and bad people all over the place as well.
Stuff like that alone will terrify a person.
Were we better off as a country when all of the above was quieter? I don't have the answer for that.
But I'll bet this.
We were less afraid and probably slept a whole lot better then too.
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