Friday, September 15, 2006

Is fear a force that gives us meaning?

From Radio OpenSource

In this hour we’ll examine the post 9/11 culture of fear. How it is perpetuated, how we react to it and what in the world we should really be bracing for. FDR once told us, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” but is fear now the force that gives us meaning? Do your fears originate from color-coded threat alerts and ever-growing terrorist cells? Or are your fears the fears of car accidents, bad diagnoses, escalating crime rates in the neighborhood? How does America identify with fear? What purpose is fear serving?

Included Guests:
  • Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: Conterterroism consultant and contributing expert to the Counterterroism Blog

Extra Readings on our culture of fear:

Station Charon: The Enduring Power of Fear
To live in America is to be beset by fear, anxiety and insecurity, to be surrounded by potential harm, enemies and evil intent.

Robert Jay Lifton: Giving Meaning to Survival, The Chronicle Review, September 28, 2001
The greatest danger in our present situation would be to resort to extreme measures to deny our vulnerability and reassert a sense of superpower invulnerability.


M. Shahin said...

I see the greatest threat of fear is that Americans are allowing Bush to take away our rights and principles.

He is changing this country into a dictatorship, but most Americans are too fearful to stop it because they think this will bring them safety.

America once stood for great ideas and values, but it is slowly changing from the fear gripping the nation.

jordan robinson said...

Very true, unfortunately. That is why we Muslim-Americans must continue to defend this country not only spiritually, but also intellectually.

While we continue to enjoin people toward God-consciousness, we should also be on the intellectual and academic forefront of pushing our nation out of fear-induced complacency and apathy.