Are we that scared-y?

The headline of an AP/MyWay news articles reads: Security steps in Paris, Brussels, May Be Spreading Anxiety.

REALLY?!?

I don’t say this sarcastically.  I say this incredulously.  Are we that scaredy of a people that we are more concerned with security measures than people wanting to kill us?  Is there such disdain for authority in “the West” that they see those risking their lives to protect them as evil?

Or are the questions more simpler as to why anxiety is on the rise form security measures vice terrorism plotting.  Are people so brainwashed to see guns and think evil and see terror and think freedom of expression?  Has the media failed us in reporting the reality of terrorism that the reality causes anxiety?  Do we as a society refuse to acknowledge the fact that people are out to harm us/kill us?  Do we recognize there is a growing group that hates what the West stands for?

According to the MyWay news story from the experts:

Purves [of the British Psychological Society] said that measures meant to reassure people, like machine gun-toting soldiers and closed subways, might actually feel like the opposite.

“In a time of uncertainty, we may interpret these signs of safety instead as reasons to be fearful, like why would we need armed soldiers unless there was danger?”

That is because ISIS and Islamic terrorists hate the West.  So, yes, there is a danger.

But lets look at another excellent quote in the article.  This time from an expert empathize-er—a female college student at a Belgian university.

“It’s not a nice feeling to see them everywhere with their big guns,” she said on a sunny Thursday morning in the capital’s cobblestoned Grand Place. “They look like bad guys with their faces all covered even if they are maybe very nice people,” she said.

And here is the kicker ending to the quote —

“I’m too scared to talk to them.”

No longer is the Global War on Terror al Qaida against the United States.  It is truly global.  The November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris clearly demonstrated the coordinated and sophisticated work of terrorism against the West.  However, here is a good rebuttal against my argument.  Yet, the point is the same: ISIS and terrorism are expanding their scourge of suffering.  No longer is one safe to be Islamic, you have to be the right brand of Islam.

But should our response to be to cower in fear?  No.  That is the basis of terrorism—to instill terror.  Yet, society today needs to recognize that the world has walls, as the esteemed philosopher Colonel Nathan R. Jessup tells us beginning at 1:24