Glynn Marshes writes:
I find this heartening. In an op-ed on France for the LA Times, Pascal Bruckner cites fear as one of the most significant factor’s in that country’s unsettling decline.
For the French have become afraid of everything: the world, poverty, globalization, Islam, capitalism, global warming, natural catastrophes — and even, to borrow an American phrase, fear itself.
Not just France, but here in America, too, we’re being told constantly that we’re under threat from these horrible (and always abstract) monsters.
It’s enervating. It’s physically and emotionally and spiritually depleting. Especially when you’re left with few or no options to take personal action of some kind . . .
No wonder the people who can are emigrating from France, and ones who can’t are turning to to psychotropic drugs/tranquilizers.
It would be a very good thing if our so-called “elites” took notice of this. Although I suppose even if they did, they wouldn’t change their ways. Fear-mongering is such an easy short-cut to power . . .