Living in fear, living under threat. How long will we take it, because we must? I have considered the US a huge threat on many levels for a long time.

How long can we continue living in a state of some kind of fear? In fear that is a stressful state, so everyday. For our minds and bodies to be in constant fear is very tiring. We become fatigued, ill and burned out. How are we able to protect ourselves and will we eventually? We should be able to protect ourselves, but do we need weapons to do so? What do we need? What is necessary in order to protect what there is to protect? Things one holds dear like life, home and one’s sanity. Fear has become perhaps a familiar companion due to our living in constant existence of internet exposure and the news. Fear as an everyday emotion that keeps one alert in a good way would be a weird idea. If one learns to accept that scare is there for a good reason and not only an uncomfortable state of mind would we be less afraid of the things we fear. Threats we face can be quite massive. Is defense via massive army and war-making a sensible way to avoid and make threats vanish? Logic is very strange nowadays and yes it is a difficult field of thought.

To raise fear is a useful tool of oppression, so it is good to know what to fear and why. To fear the right things is to suspect notorious thoughts behind a smile of a salesman, see behind a glittering image. If we analyse the level of fear society is at it seems as neurotic and paranoid. The more paranoid society gets the more guards and surveillance there is. How mental state of a nation affects minds of its citizens can be said to be quite clear. Correlation is there depending on the authoritarian rule nation in question uses. The more surveillance the more we fear. Fear of losing our privacy, reputation, possibilities in life. Social death, to become an outcast and hated in front of all of society is feared position. Situation of no escape. Environmental and human rights issues begin to make us wonder when the crash is coming closer and more inevitable. Isn’t it rather stupid to act when it is too late?

 It is not a major threat to the residents of the United States and certainly not anything like the existential threats Americans faced in the last century. We, however, have applied the transitive property of terrorism to elevate its status: We have come to see the Islamic State as the new al Qaeda, and al Qaeda, despite being a relatively small organization with limited capabilities, had previously been elevated to the role of America’s new Enemy No. 1, occupying a position once held by a real existential threat, the Soviet Union, which had inherited its root-of-all-evil mantle from the Nazis.”

I do not mean to imply that a traumatized nation should forgo a strict accounting of the crimes of the past. One source of deep anger for many Cambodians is that the Khmer Rouge regime ended inconclusively. Only this autumn, nearly 40 years after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, did a United Nations–backed tribunal open hearings on whether its top officials committed genocide;”