We don't by the way.
The post itself is full of words like vulnerable, exposed to the mercy of others and harm, it reeks of fear but not of reasonable fear but hysterical fear, safety first fear, the kind that stunts your life experience, the kind that battens down the hatches and makes the world something to be feared rather than embraced. It also smacks of a fear of getting hurt, in whatever sense, as if pain (in all it's many forms) is something to be avoided, rather than a huge source of learning and growth.
I'm banging on about this blog post because I read this today, an article on a study by the Mental Health Foundation that quite clearly points to us being a nation of fearful idiots, scared of imaginary terrorist and crime threats, anxious about financial uncertainty and thus trapped in a crippling period of paralysis. Aside from the cretins who believe this nonsense, who are the ones keeping us fearful? Why, the ones with the most to gain of course!
Often exaggerated are fear of crime, terrorism and loss of community, the MHF finds. Increased access to information about possible threats to security via 24-hour news and the internet contribute to unease among the general population.
The report lambasts politicians, public bodies, the media and business people for what it calls institutionally-driven fear fuelled by scaremongering use of "worst-case scenario" language around issues such as knife-crime, MRSA and terrorism.
As Bertrand Russell said: "collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd" a perfect state to have the collective in for those in power. A fearful public are an easily manipulated one, are a selfish one caught in a destructive web of self-obsession at their own personal mores and issues; so not concerned with the struggles of the whole, willing to cede decision making to those in power on the grand issues.
More fool us. And worryingly, it is the young who are most fearful, no doubt under the influence of scare-mongering parents and the culture of fear we are building around us.
On a side note, something in the piece made me smile, the slightly piqued assertion from the police that even though the UK has more CCTV cameras than the rest of Europe put together (some 4.2 million), they don't seem to make us feel any safer.
HA HA HA!