Living With Fear

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How will we survive in a world we are growing to fear? There is so much more to worry about today than when I was a kid. The people have changed, the world has changed but I have not changed. I will never let what is happening on the outside seep in and poison what is on the inside. Everyday I will make a choice to choose love and hope and kindness and not be transformed by the hate and fear. I will live as if this day may be my last because in all reality, it just may be. Don’t let fear stop you from living your life. In fact, the best way to beat all the evil going on around you is to do just that, keep on living, keep on smiling and keep on loving.

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15 thoughts on “Living With Fear

  1. On the contrary, change is subject to perspective.

    As one robotic menace once said, “Same product, different package, still losers.” Translation (for my purposes): What we fear may appear or feel new, but it’s the same root causes in a different package. Nightmares come in a variety of shapes with similar root messages: fear of change, fear of commitment, fear of deadline, etc.

    So, you say people have changed? I say they have only changed by appearances or topical “stereotypes.” Oh, yesterday it was Germany on the warpath. Then Russia. Now the Middle East. Same product, different package, still trouble. It’s human nature that is apparently flawed; or our inability to get past these old ways of behaving.

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    • Exactly my point but also as a kid I felt safe. I could play outside from three to nine without a cell phone and no one worried. I traveled the roads when I started to drive without a cell phone and never a problem. Kids don’t have that same luxury today. I believe this behavior may have always existed but there is more acting out these days. That’s my opinion. I personally never remember a day I was scared to go to school or that my school went on lockdown. Never, not once. And the media attention these creeps are getting never help alleviate the problem. We will never change people it horrific behavior but that doesn’t mean we have to change on the inside. We can’t let the world make us hard. That’s all.

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      • Did you put your hair in pigtails and do cartwheels in the leaves and grass? 😛

        Not having a cell phone is a luxury? I would say some of the ridiculous excuses for phones they advertise these days are a luxury, more like a lame excuse for video games and cameras.

        Then, maybe, technology trends are to blame.

        Oh, well, back in my school days, we had black kids from the school across the street jump our fence and kidnap kids from our playground. So…shit happens. I didn’t feel safe around all the bullies I encountered almost weekly. Kids picked on me for my size. That’s life.

        But, sure, no, there was no gun-toting vigilante at my school…but there could have been. Back then, gun laws were different, I suppose.

        I think when they gave more permission to carry guns, they were secretly saying, “There will be too many people in this country soon; we need a plan to reduce the population.”

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      • I did do cartwheels and where pigtails. I am grateful I grew up in that bubble. In the last two days we have had gun drama with two area schools. Ridiculous. I did grow up in the country so maybe that had a lot to do with how I perceive my childhood. Whose to say? Bullies and idiots span across every time period. That is never going to change 😦

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      • I don’t bother to think of it as ridiculous anymore. It just seems like the current weather blowing through. I could get irked. I could try to do something about it…and probably end up dead by the end of the week. Or, I can just try to keep my head down when the bullets fly. Every year it’s something; it’s either the wildlife or people acting like savage baboons. I am contemplating doing a cartoon of a guy getting up to grab his newspaper from the porch while all sorts of threats are running amok outside his door.

        Never say never. Nothing is impossible. If you say never, you can throw all your positive thinking promotional talk out the window:P We can start by adjusting the bully and idiot calling frequency the way I think we might re-look at sociopaths and the like. People sometimes act out to get attention; and others act out because they feel pigeon-holed.

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      • If I had kids and they were ever at such risk, I suppose I’d either pull them from that school or go ballistic on whoever threatened them. I would hunt the loose cannon and make sure he or she didn’t do further harm. I’d also do so by doing my best to ensure the loose cannon does not go off. Seeing how the news spotlights the outsiders–like a case of a kid who liked spying on girls in school bathrooms–it’s no wonder why those who feel different go ballistic. They think that’s just what people like them are supposed to do by the way they appear in the news. That’s herding people into being villains. And, so many are blind to how they do that, to scapegoating.

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      • Oops dodging bullets. Being a parent can really freak you out especially when you are truly concerned with their safety. If it was only about me, I am pretty sure I’d be much more removed but who’s to say right?

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      • Only on some issues. I know I would react different to quite a bit going on around me if I didn’t have them. There are just some things that are hard to comprehend if you are not going through a situation yourself, for example what is going on in schools.

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