posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 12:30 AM
I'm more than twice your age and I find fear ebbs and flows with time and circumstance.
Recently I've felt a sharp uptick of fear in both myself and others. I think its the general atmosphere of the economy, the expectation that things
are going to be worse and worse. This brings out the "brace for it, everybody!" attitude and then people start applying this background attitude to
other aspects of their lives. There is feedback, where the increased fear creates more fear in different areas and so on. You don't even have to be
paying attention to the "original cause" (say, the economy) itself to be impacted by the crawling paranoia of a society in the grips of a fear
I think people are just now waking up to the fact that a lot of the things, institutions, certainties about life, sources of information, etc. they
trusted are flimsy and cannot be trusted. Some of us have known this for decades, of course, and are now in our element after years of feeling like
crusty cranks on the outside. Now we can be smug know-it-alls
Beyond the current circumstances, of course, fear is a deep part of being human. In a way, our fear is "mis-wired" in modern society because our
nervous systems evolved to face very different threats and situations. We once spent most of our time running from predators, hunting and gathering
ourselves, and so on. Now its realy only 50 years since this brightly-lit halogen-bulb world of offices and Wal Marts took hold. Our nerves aren't
really able to handle it so on some level we are "wigging out" all the time because our environment is so unnatural relative to the way we evolved.
Just like animals pacing neurotically back and forth in a zoo, we are out of our element in the steel-and-glass world of modern society.