Fear itself

Posted on January 9, 2011


That’s what we should fear.  Our own fear as much as other people’s.  I think no one ever made a good decision out of fear.  Lots of terrible ones, though.  Not just here.  Not just in a parking lot in Tucson, or in the streets of Lyon, or in Sudan.  But here, too.  Right here in Torch Lake Township. 

It’s too easy to try to top each other’s inflammatory rhetoric.  Too easy to be self-righteous.  Too easy to think of “the other” as stupid or venal or nuts.  I have been guilty of this myself, and shame on me.  We all need to be accountable for the consequences of our actions, including the things we say and how we say them.  I cannot put it better than this:

“I think it’s time as a country to do a little soul-searching,” [Pima County Sheriff Clarence] Dupnik said. “The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.”  From the Arizona Republic, January 9, 2011.


You know what I think We The People ought to do?  Turn off the damned television and talk to each other like human beings.  Grieve for a nine year old girl whose life was stolen from her.  Grieve for a federal judge, a congressional aide, and three folks in their 70s, just doing normal everyday stuff in these abnormal times, all murdered.
Hope for the full recovery of Gabrielle Giffords, duly elected in a free and fair election to represent her constituents in the Congress of the United States of America, targeted for assassination.  That is not how we have agreed to do things in this country.

Do a little soul-searching.

Resist fear.