FDR said, “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.” However, I would add that we must fear something, fear ignorance and be counted upon to learn the truth.
For me it’s the early 1940s’ all over again. My memory shifts to…
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
…memories that made me feel safe and self-reliant.
When the 2nd World war began, our Japanese next-door neighbors became “enemies” and our German deli became a warehouse for delicious but scary sausage. We sat by the radio and listened to President Franklin D. Roosevelt give his “Fireside Chats” and felt a USA unity that cannot be identified today.
In today’s American political fear-mongering and fantasizing by the Republican presidential candidates we see a loss of face and grace in the international community of nations. Shame on us.
This is a time to find unity in our US heritage and our neighbors: Respect differences in fellow Americans religious beliefs. This is not the time to see every American Muslim family as a terrorist threat. Back in the 1940’s every Japanese American Family was not allied to Japan when Japan attacked Hawaii in 1941 and fear put Americans of Japanese descent into internment camps without proof of guilt. That was a terrible mistake. We are on the brink of repeating that serious blunder again.
If we card all Muslims and ghetto them, we breed terrorists. We may create our worst fears in the reactions of the younger generation in the Muslim US community. There are extremists in all religions and beliefs. However, not every Muslim is an extremist. Not every politician is a fear-monger. As individuals we must be discerning and from the truth find our personal “feel-safe”beliefs.
With the word ‘war’ resounding world-wide, the time has come to seek out truths. For me, safety is in broad-scoped knowledge, self -awareness and confidence in my ability to weed out the true from the false. Be it ISIS propaganda, Ben Carson rule-by-religion or the Tea Party narrow-mindedness, please, do not suffer the foolish by reacting to false alarms, self-serving narcissists or unrealistic threats and ignorant solutions. Take each day’s world and political news information as facts to be checked. Be part of the solution not the problem.
Use your sixth sense and Google searches to rule out the false alarms. Trust yourself, vote your intellect and your personal reality. Contribute to world sanity by independently researching media reports. Fear mongers exaggerations and fantasies should not shake your personal“feel-safe: beliefs.
For me it’s the 1940s all over again plus the unreliable social network and minus the unity of the American people. And, I feel safe knowing from experience that “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.”
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