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Frightening [Nov. 26th, 2016|12:25 pm]
Tony Grist
I'm so tired of being told these are frightening times.

I lived through the Cold War. Now those were frightening times.

Or not.

Every generation thinks it lives in frightening times. What that means is it doesn't feel entirely in control.

What's the worst that can happen? We all die. Well that's going to happen no matter what. Get used to it.

Don't let the media scare you.  Remember they make their money by creeping up behind your chair and going, "Boo!"

There's more to life than politics.

Come off that news site.  Take a walk. Annoy the cat. Have a nice cup of tea.
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From: cmcmck
2016-11-26 01:43 pm (UTC)
That said, some of us are not white, cis and male and we're scared. :o(
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2016-11-26 01:47 pm (UTC)
What you said! As a white, heterosexual, well-educated female, I'm not directly scared for myself, but I do worry about many of my friends and I see the prospects for my grandchildren being more limited than they were for me or my children.

As we used to say back in the 80s in feminist circles, the personal is political. You can't just ignore it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-26 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, but what good does it do you?

I'm making a larger point here- or at least not a party political one. Fear corrodes and undermines. I've known fear- I used to be a very anxious person- and it was debilitating.
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From: cmcmck
2016-11-26 02:49 pm (UTC)
It does me no good at all- but fear's like that.

Don't forget that I've lived a life knowing there are people out there who wish me dead or deprogrammed (and they're not all right wing reactionaries) and there always have been times when that isn't easy.

I posted a link to the TDOR memorial site a few days back and that's always the background to my life no matter how good a life I have (and I do).

Present times make it even less easy.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-26 02:59 pm (UTC)
Exactly.

Of course there are times when fear acts as a survival mechanism. Bad thing coming down the pike- best to run away- but some people seem to take pride in being afraid, even pleasure- and that's silly.

Courage, mes amis, le diable est mort.
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