posted on Jan, 9 2010 @ 05:17 AM
I'm going to start off with a personal story, it may seem off-topic at first, but I promise there is a point...
I grew up Caucasian in Detroit. My grandmother lived in fear of the crime she would hear non-stop on the Police Scanner she had running 24/7. As such,
she would beg and plead my parents to never let me so much as walk to the corner store alone.
One day when I was about 7 years old my grandfather asked me if I was scared to walk to the store alone. I told him I didn't understand why I would
be scared. He smiled and gave me $2.00 (back when candy was .05 and a soda was a quarter) and told me he would keep my grandmother distracted
while I walked the two or three blocks there and two or three blocks back again.
I had to pass through a rough neighborhood to get to the corner store. However, I wasn't afraid. I made it there and back without any difficulty.
After that I spent a lot of time walking just about everywhere I could. I would walk to friend's houses, or half-way across town, or down to the
river, or to the Park, whatever. On even the streets of Detroit I had only been bothered once and I just started arguing aloud to myself and I was
left alone, the gang no doubt thinking I was a basket case or invalid. (I might have gotten beat up at school a lot, but on the streets, not
The point of this personal story is that if you live a life of fear, you miss out on life. If you give in to fear you make yourself a target to be
preyed upon. If you have no fear and chose to live your life regardless of risk, then chances are, predators will target someone else.
There are monsters in the world. They do exist. However, despite how many times you hear about them on the news, they are statistically very rare
(i.e., the number of suspected Al-Qaeda members in Yemen compared to their population is less than .0000002%. That's not even enough to hold a
decent party!). Even before Homeland Security and the TSA, you had a astronomically higher chance of dying in a Plane Crash due to weather,
pilot-error, or mechanical failure than you do dying in Plane Bombing due to Terrorism. Even before all our security measures we sacrificed a good
deal of our Liberties for, you had a greater chance of drowning in a bowl of soup, or in your own vomit than being a victim of Terrorism.
I don't hear the Government or MSM telling us that we are in a War on Pilot Error or a War on Campbell's Soup, yet dramatically more people die a
year from either of those things than from Terrorism!
So what do we do?
Should we live in fear and never leave our houses, let alone board an airplane? Where would the fun in that be? Or should we live our lives without
fear, and let the Terrorists be damned?
Listen, if I could walk past gangs in the bad side of Detroit as a white 7 year old boy and not be the least bit afraid, then I certainly could handle
dealing with the looming threat of Terrorism without being afraid.
Besides, the War on Terror is a farce. Our government wanted to justify a long and costly invasion and war without justification. A war needs an enemy
so someone had to be made a villian, but a villian is not enough to justify an unprovoked war as even the greatest of villians can be captured and
brought to trial and or redeemed. To justify a war you must have an enemy you can demonize who is unredeemable. To drag out the war, they must be
uncatchable. A mythical, non-existent enemy that is potentially everywhere, or potentially could be anyone, who will never be caught or defeated,
allows our government to invade whatever country they want this week and a different country next week, and be able to do this indefinitely. They
might as well called it a War on the Boogeyman or the War on Ninjas.
However, the person who mentioned that if someone truly wanted to create Terror, it could be done so much more creatively and massively was correct.
Using just common objects found in the average house, with only High School Chemistry and Biology, who is smart enough to be able to read CDC
Operations Manuals, and with a devious mind, patience, and no morals or respect for human life, could wipe out millions of people and never put his
own life at risk and probably never get caught. However, there are thankfully very few monsters who have that little respect for human life, and they
seem to prefer a more up-close and personal touch to their mass murdering (or just got jobs in either the Military or Politics). After all,
even Terrorists have families and aren't entirely sociopathic. They are misguided extremists willing to kill for a cause, not to kill for pleasure or
just to see if they can beat last week's kill streak. They are frustrated and feel powerless and believe they have no other way for their voice or
their cause to be heard. If Terrorism was about achieving the highest possible body count, we would have been extinct long ago and our Homeland
Security wouldn't have been able to save us.
Listen, if the government and MSM are telling you to be afraid, don't listen and instead think for yourself. You don't need to be afraid of
anything. Fear is the mind-killer. Just live your life and be good to other people. What will happen is going to happen, and nothing you or anyone
else does is going to change that. Worry about the things in life you can personally change, not the things in life that you cannot.